Why PDP, Atiku Lost Appeal – S/Court Explains

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Nigeria’s Supreme Court says Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the last presidential election, Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party did not prove their case in court.

The apex court said this while giving reasons on the dismissal of Abubakar’s appeal against judgments of the lower courts on the presidential election petitions filed by the former vice president.

The court also ruled that President Muhammadu Buhari was “eminently qualified” to contest the 2019 presidential election.

Justice John Okoro, who read the submissions of the chief justice of Nigeria, held that the failure of the appellants to call credible witnesses was fatal to their case as they presented only five witnesses including a star witness who relied on hearsay evidence.

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He added that the appellants did not prove issues of over-voting when it could not produce authentic voters register to validate its claim.

Justice Okoro added that the unanimous decision of the court delivered on 30 October 2019 was in total agreement with the verdict of the lower court which upheld and affirmed the election of Buhari.

 

 

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