Tribunal Upholds President Buhari’s Election

In News 2019-09-11 16:49:06
Tribunal Upholds President Buhari’s Election
Tribunal Upholds President Buhari’s Election

By Olamide Fadoju


A five-man Presidential Election Tribunal sitting in Abuja has affirmed President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the 2019 Presidential elections.


In a judgement read by Justice Mohammed Garba,  the Tribunal dismissed the petition by candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the election, Atiku Abubakar of the PDP.


President Muhammadu Buhari was in February declared winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) polling 15,191,847 votes while Atiku Abubakar polled 11,262,978 votes.


The Tribunal also ruled that President Muhammadu Buhari was "eminently qualified" educationally to contest the  2019 presidential election.


The five-man panel concluded that Buhari has the required West African Examination Council (WAEC) certificate and has undergone various trainings and courses in the military.


Atiku Abubakar of the PDP had challenged Buhari’s eligibility to contest the Presidential election, alleging that the APC candidate had no WAEC certificate.


The tribunal also unanimously struck out a petition claiming that Vice-president Yemi Osibajo had used the government funds to induce electorates.