The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has filed a five-ground petition against President Muhammadu Buhari challenging his victory in the presidential election.
According to the Punch, the 141-page petition cited on Tuesday, March 19, contained five grounds.
One of the allegations against President Buhari by Atiku is the claim that he did not possess the minimum academic requirement of the constitution to run for office.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, the president and the All Progressives Congress where named as first, second and third respondents respectively.
Livy Uzoukwu leads the 21 Senior Advocates of Nigeria and 18 other lawyers in the petition.
The five grounds of appeal read: “The 2nd respondent (Buhari) was not duly elected by majority of lawful votes cast at the election.
“The election of the 2nd respondent is invalid by reason of corrupt practices.
“The election of the 2nd Respondent is invalid by reason of non-compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended).
“The 2nd respondent was at the time of the election not qualified to contest the said election.
“The 2nd respondent submitted to the 1st Respondent an affidavit containing false information of a fundamental nature in aid of his qualification for the said election.”
Meanwhile, the former US ambassador to Nigeria, John Campbell described the 2019 presidential election in Nigeria as bad news for democracy.
In his perspective for the election for the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC, Campbell claimed the election was “marred by historically low turnout and credible allegations of rigging”.
The former ambassador also said Atiku was not likely to win at the tribunal court due to President Muhammadu Buhari’s margin of victory.
He said based on reports from situation rooms, the election was a step back from the 2015 own.
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