The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal is set to give final judgement in the suit filed by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Candidate Atiku Abubakar against President Muhammadu Buhari’s election in the February 23 polls.
In its final ruling, Buhari’s contention challenging Atiku’s qualification to stand for the presidential election on the ground of Atiku not being a Nigerian was thrown out by the tribunal.
Buhari’s motion on Notice contending that Atiku cannot competently raise the issue of Buhari’s qualifications not possessing the basic constitutional requirements to stand for the office of the President was also thrown out against Buhari.
The issue of INEC server and electronic transmission of votes resolved against Atiku, on the ground that those issues are outside the current Electoral Act and Constitution 1999 (as amended)
The Tribunal stated that Buhari is not only qualified but eminently qualified to contest the presidential election, says Tribunal.
Buhari would have been qualified by mere showing that he had primary school education. The tribunal says the courses attended by Buhari are higher than secondary school education. Exhibits 21 and 24 tendered by the petitioners showed that Buhari had WASC.
The petitioners have failed to discharge the burden of proof of the allegation of non-qualification or submission of false information which is fundamental in the aid of the 2nd respondent’s qualification, the tribunal declares.