Buhari, APC ask presidential tribunal to trash Atiku, PDP’s petitions on 2 grounds

Buhari, APC ask presidential tribunal to trash Atiku, PDP’s petitions on 2 grounds

- President Muhammadu Buhari wants the petitions of Atiku Abubakar and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) dismissed on 'technicalities and evidential' grounds

- In their final addresses, Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) insist that Atiku is not a Nigerian

- Buhari and the APC also carpeted Atiku in their final addresses over the latter's claim on electronic server and its use during the election

President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) are demanding that the petition filed by Atiku Abubakar, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the 2019 election be thrown away.

Buhari and the APC urged the presidential election tribunal to dismiss the petition filed by the PDP and Atiku challenging the general election on 'technicalities and evidential' grounds.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the prayers formed the gamut of other requests contained in the final addresses of both Buhari and APC to be adopted on August 23.

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The report said the respondents had described Abubakar’s address that urged the tribunal to sack Buhari and affirm him (Abubakar) president, as a “wild goose chase prayer’’.

The duo alleged that the PDP erroneously allowed a candidate who was not a Nigerian by birth to contest the highest position, adding that such was an adventure that violated the provision of the constitution.

They want the tribunal to invoke section 131 (a) of the constitution to dismiss the petition.

The respondents noted that Atiku was born on Nov.25, 1946 in Jada, a former Adamawa province of northern Cameroon before a plebiscite was conducted in 1961 that now made the enclave part of Nigeria.

“We pray that the tribunal will see this constitutional reason and go ahead to uphold the election of the second respondent (Buhari) forthwith,’’ they prayed.

Buhari and the APC claimed the petitioners had tried to mislead the tribunal and public that results from the election were transmitted electronically to a central server managed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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They also noted that it was public knowledge that the February 23, general election was conduct with the electoral act of 2010 as amended.

"Atiku Abubakar and the PDP have failed in their attempt to stridently prove their petition. The petitioners failed woefully to establish by credible evidence the existence of the imaginary server belonging to INEC,’’ they argued.

Concerning Buhari’s educational qualification, the president and the APC said that the petitioners failed to adduce credible and reliable evidence to establish that he (Buhari) indeed forged his certificate.

“While it is appropriate to debunk such baseless, mendacious and spurious assertion, it suffices to bring to fore the unequivocal provision of the constitution.

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“Section 131(d) provides that a person shall be qualified for election into the office of the president if he or she has been educated up to at least school certificate level or its equivalent.

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“Moreso, the consequence of submitting a forged document to INEC is grave.

“It therefore requires precise evidence and proof beyond reasonable doubt, which the petitioners have not been able to establish,’’ the respondents said.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Atiku and his party had called on the presidential election petitions tribunal to declare the opposition party the winner of the election.

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