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Election tribunal dismisses petition against Buhari’s victory


The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) has dismissed a petition challenging the victory of President Muhammadu and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the February 23 presidential election.

The Coalition for Change (C4C) and its presidential candidate, Geff Chizee Ojinika, had filed the petition in which they complained of unlawful exclusion or misrepresentation and sought the cancellation of the election and the conduct of a fresh presidential election.

The petitioners had complained that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) printed CC and against its actual acronym of C4C, a development, they claimed worked to their disadvantage.
At the hearing of the petition yesterday, their lawyer, Obed Agu, stunned all when he announced that the petitioners were no longer interested in prosecuting the petition.

Agu applied to withdraw the petition, an application the tribunal granted, in the absence of any objection from lawyers to other parties to the petition.

The tribunal, now headed by Justice Mohammed Lawal Garba (the Presiding Justice of Lagos division of the Court of Appeal), proceeded to dismiss the petition.
With the dismissal of C4C and Ojinika’ petition, the tribunal is now left with three petitions.

They are those filed by the Hope Democratic Party (HDP) and Ambrose Owuru, who claimed to be the party’s presidential candidate (marked: CA/PEPC/001/2019); the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar (CA/PEPC/001/2019); and the People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) and Pastor Aminchi Habu, listed as the party’s presidential candidate (CA/PEPC/004/2019).

When the petition by the HDP was called, a man, who claimed to be the party’s National Chairman, Tapre Poland, stood up and told the tribunal that the party did not authorise the filing of the petition.

He agreed with another lawyer, who he said the party sent to the tribunal to discontinue the petition.

Justice Garba adjourned further proceedings in the HDP petition to June 13 while that of the PDM was fixed for June 17.


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