The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja has dismissed the petition filed by the PDP and its candidate Atiku Abubakar, challenging the outcome of Febuary 23 2019 polls that saw the emergence Muhammadu Buhari as President.
Delivering the judgement in Abuja, the five-man panel led by Justice Mohammed Garba, dismissed the petition brought by the PDP in its entirety, saying it failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt all the allegations he brought before the panel.
Justice Mohammed opined that the evidence tendered by the 62 witnesses called by the PDP did not make the necessary impact in making a good case, adding that the petitioners could not satisfactorily provide evidence to prove that Buhari was not duly elected.
Speaking further on the matter, The Justice said that Atiku and his party, The PDP have no substantial evidence of non-compliance to the electoral act by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
He also held that the only way to prove cases of electoral manipulation, over-voting and other electorial malpractice was to tender the voters’ register, which the petitioner failed to do, and that all the witnesses called by the petitioners failed to establish cases of over-voting beyond reasonable doubt.
Justice Mohammed Garba thereafter upheld the victory of Mohammadu Buhari as President.
PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI REACTS TO HIS VICTORY AT TRIBUNAL-SAYS “Good conscience fears no evil report’.
The President while reacting to his victory at the tribunal said he was troubled at all, because he knew he was duly elected by the Nigerian electorates for a second term in office and so has nothing to fear.
“Good conscience fears no evil report. I was unperturbed all along, because I knew Nigerians freely gave us the mandate. We are now vindicated,”
President Mohammadu Buhari also gave kudos to the Judiciary for “dispensing justice without fear or favour”, President Buhari also dedicated his victory at the tribunal to God and to all Nigeria.
Presidential spokesman Femi Adesina in a statement said:
“President Muhammadu Buhari says the ruling of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal on the February 23, 2019 poll, is victory for Nigerians who trooped out to overwhelmingly elect him for a second term in office.
“Good conscience fears no evil report. I was unperturbed all along, because I knew Nigerians freely gave us the mandate. We are now vindicated,” the President declares.
He dedicates the victory to God, and to Nigerians, while also commending the judiciary for “dispensing justice without fear or favour.”
President Buhari extends a hand of fellowship to those who had felt aggrieved at the outcome of the election, and went to court, noting that it was within their democratic rights.
He notes, however, that with the pronouncement of the judiciary, “it is time for the country to move forward as one cohesive body, putting behind us all bickering and potential distractions over an election in which Nigerians spoke clearly and resoundingly.”
Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity)