The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, in its ongoing ruling, has dismissed Atiku Abubakar’s petition against President Muhammadu Buhari over electoral misconduct.
The court held that the petitioners, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, failed to prove the allegations, as they were unable to bring their witnesses to testify in court.
In the judgment of the petition by Atiku and PDP challenging the victory of President Buhari and the APC, Justice Mohammed Garba, the president of the Tribunal, said, “The petitioners failed to prove its allegations against Buhari on electoral violence, therefore petition is dismissed.
” The petitioners failed to bring their witnesses to testify in court.”
Justice Mohammed Garba earlier made it known that there was no evidence that INEC transmitted the result to any server
The court held that the petitioners, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, failed to prove the existence of an INEC server.
As reactions continue to trail the Wednesday’s victory of President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, Buhari’s home town of Daura in Katsina State broke into wild jubilation over the judgment.
News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that also of activities were lined up by the residents of the ancient town to celebrate the victory.
Highlights of the activities conducted were car racing, motorcycle speed competition, singing and dancing from local entertainers within the eleven existing electoral wards of the area.
Alhaji Usman Ado, the APC zonal vice chairman in charge of Daura zone, has described the judgment as triumph for democracy and the rule of law.
He said the victory would enable the party to consolidate on the earlier gains so far recorded as well as improve tremendously on delivery of dividends of democracy.
Alhaji Abdulmanaf Muhammad, the northwest organizing secretary of the ruling party expressed his gratefulness to God for the victory.
Also in Jalingo, the Coordinator, Buhari Support Organization in Taraba said that Buhari’s victory was the victory for development of the country.
“The victory of Buhari is exciting news for majority of Nigerians who want the continuation of good governance for a better tomorrow.
In Damaturu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) said that the court verdict granting victory to Buhari against Atiku Abubakar was a reflection of the people’s mandate in the 2019 presidential election.
Alhaji Abubakar Bakabe, APC state secretary said ‘’We are happy that PDP and its candidate have duly exercised their rights by going to court which is the most civilized way of contesting election results.
‘’As a nation, we must commend this administration for promoting rule of law, fair play, non interference and the objectivity of the judiciary.
”As obtained in developed democracies, we should now put the election behind us, cooperate with government and collectively contribute to national development,” the party said.
Musa Abubakar, a Damaturu resident described the judgment as historic “giving the petitioners, respondents and the judiciary their rights and freedom as enshrined in the constitution.”
The Middle Belt Forum, MBF in its reaction through the National President, Dr Bitrus Porgu, told a corespondent that the Supreme Court has the final say on the matter.
He said: “We believe the judiciary is the last hope of the common man. Ordinarily, we felt the President, Muhammadu Buhari didn’t win; but the judgement now is in his favour.
“We just wait and see. That is the thing we have to say. Because it is the judiciary that has the final say, it is not an individual or others.
“I believe the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, will still appeal the tribunal’s judgment, maybe go to the Supreme Court, knowing that issues like false declaration under oath. Me, when I listened, I didn’t hear that one addressed.
“All I hear is that he has an equivalent of requirement of certificate. So, I believe they will still go further. Let’s wait and see. But there is nothing one can do about it since the judgement has been given; we just have to wait for the next line of action.
“The tribunal has given its judgment which I am not competent to contest. But I believe if there are issues that have been raised and not been addressed, I believe Atiku’s team of counsel would appeal. For example, one, when the issue of certificate is been addressed, they talk about the requirement. They didn’t address the issue of swearing under oath.
“If Buhari said he had certificate or there was no certificate transmitted to the Army, and one of his witnesses said that, that means he swore falsely under oath. I didn’t hear any of the judgment which addressed that issue.
“On the issue of perjury, I did not hear any of the judgments given which addressed that issue. They addressed the issue of certificate which is line and equivalent, serving in that capacity up to the position in Army.
“That is the law, but the issue of perjury I did not hear. Let’s wait, I believe Atiku’s counsel will appeal Buhari’s victory and we will hear the final verdict when we get the bus stop, the Supreme Court.”