The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting today in Abuja to hand down the final verdict of the case tendered by Alhaji Atiku Abubakar regarding the 2019 presidential election has so far struck out two cases tendered before the court by the defendants.
Recall, Atiku had approached the court to challenge the outcome of the election which Muhammadu Buhari was declared winner by INEC.
Today, September 11th is the long awaited day of judgment and proceedings have so far commenced.
Those manning the seat of verdict today are Justice Mohammed Garba, Justice Abdul Aboki, Justice Peter Ige, Justice Joseph Ikyegh and Justice Samuel Oseji.
From the proceedings of the court, Atiku is taking a lead as two cases have been struck out in his favour.
INEC’s application for the dismissal of Atiku’s petition on the ground of non-joinder of Prof. Osinbajo as a necessary party in the suit was dismissed.
Atiku also won the second round as the tribunal ruled that Atiku’s lead counsel was registered to practice law in Nigeria and that there is nothing wrong with his full name or abbreviation.
Also winning the third round, the court struck out an application filed by the 1st Respondent, INEC, seeking the court to nullify ground 4 and 5 of the PDP and Atiku’s Petition.
The court held that grounds 4 and 5 of the PDP and Atiku petition is not a pre election matter and is hereby accepted by the court based on the provisions of the electoral act 2010 as amended.
Ground 4 is seeking the court to disqualify President Muhammadu Buhari on grounds of non-qualification while ground 5 is that President Buhari submitted false information of a fundamental nature in aid of his qualification to INEC.
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