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Nigeria: Tribunal affirms Buhari’s presidential poll victory

The presidential election victory of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has been affirmed by the presidential election tribunal.

The Tribunal sitting in Abuja affirmed President Buhari’s victory in the February 23 presidential election.

The five-man tribunal headed by Justice Garba Mohammed delivered the judgement on Wednesday after months of hearings.

Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party rejected the outcome of the presidential election in February and filed a challenge at the tribunal.

Abubakar claimed in his challenge that the election was marred by irregularities. He mentioned among others over-voting in some places and under-voting in places where he should have won.


The tribunal however rejected Atiku’s allegation that there was widespread harassment of voters by the police and army.

Tribunal said none of the documents tendered by the petitioners was utilised to prove the allegations, such as overvoting.

“In the final result, and I have come to the conclusion which is inevitable and unavoidable, that the petitioners have not proved any of the grounds of the petition in paragraph 15 of the petition.

“This petition is accordingly and hereby dismissed in its entirety,” says Justice Garba.


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