Presidential Election Tribunal: 7 Key Rulings delivered so Far

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The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal is currently giving its verdict on the petition filed by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar challenging President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in the February 23 general election.

The five-man panel of justices led by Mohammed Garba has been reeling out the judgements since 9.30am when the proceedings started.

Legit.ng puts together Seven key rulings the tribunal has delivered so far.

1. Tribunal dismisses INEC’s motion asking VP Osinbajo to be joined in the petition

Tribunal unanimously dismissed INEC’s motion asking Vice President Osinbajo to be joined in the petition, ruling that a vice presidential candidate is not a necessary party in an election petition but an appendage of the presidential candidate who nominated him

2. INEC's motion on Atiku's lead counsel, Livy Uzoukwu, dismissed

Tribunal dismisses INEC's motion arguing that Atiku's lead counsel, Livy Uzoukwu, is not a legal practitioner called to the Nigerian Bar El-Rufai passes strong verdict on PDP, says party won't be relevant again in Kaduna

3. Tribunal holds that Atiku is qualified to contest the election

Tribunal refuses INEC's request to dismiss Atiku's prayer seeking Buhari's disqualification on the ground that he was not qualified to contest the election

4. Tribunal strikes out Atiku's application on police and military interference, harassment and intimidation

Ruling on the allegations of police and military interference, harassment and intimidation and ballot stuffing among others, filed by Atiku, the tribunal struck out the application for non-joinder of the parties who have been accused

5. Tribunal dismisses Buhari's application that Atiku was not qualified to file petition

Tribunal dismissed President Buhari's application that Atiku was not qualified to file the petition challenging his election, ruling that Atiku is qualified to filed the petition

6. Tribunal dismisses Atiku's application on vote-buying

Tribunal dismissed Atiku's application accusing Vice President Yemi Osinbajo of inducing voters with the TraderMoni scheme, ruling that it does not have jurisdiction over the matter. The tribunal also noted that Osinbajo was not a party in the suit and, therefore, dismissed the application in favour of President Buhari.

7. Tribunal strikes APC's argument that Atiku is not qualified to contest because he is not a Nigerian by birth.

Tribunal struck out APC's argument that Atiku was not qualified to contest the last presidential election because he is allegedly not a Nigerian by birth. It ruled that its power does not include determining the qualification of a petitioner in an election dispute, adding that its powers was to determine whether a person elected to the office of the president was validly elected and not to query the qualification of the petitioners to have contested the election, whose outcome was being queried. The court said the APC ought to have filed a cross-petition if it sought to challenge Atiku's qualification to have contested the election.

 

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