Nigerians have expressed mixed reactions over the defeat of Atiku Abubakar at the presidential election tribunal. The tribunal upheld President Muhammadu Buhari's victory at the February 23 presidential election on Wednesday, September 11.
While many were in support of the judgement, and sent congratulatory messages to the president, others were not too happy about it.
Some others mocked Atiku asking where his server experts were. Recall that Atiku had claimed that the Independent National Electoral Commission used a central server for the collation and transmission of 2019 election results. According to him, the result from the server showed he won the election.
However, the tribunal said that Atiku failed to establish the claim of electronic transmission and collation of election results from different levels in his petition.
Another user on the platform mocked the opposition's claim of the presence of the Independent National Electoral Commission's server and his supposed many witnesses.
Some Nigerians on the platform were of the belief that having a certificate or not does not count in the nation's scheme of things going by the judgement.
The defeat nonetheless, another user on the micro-blogging platform, Joe Abah, appreciated Atiku's move to challenge the president's victory at the tribunal.
He said that he hopes citizens' grievances are resolved quickly in courts, adding that it is the way to strengthen the nation's democracy.
Recall that Legit.ng earlier reported that the tribunal sitting in Abuja affirmed Buhari's victory in the February 23 presidential election.
The five-man tribunal headed by Justice Garba Mohammed delivered the judgement on Wednesday, September 11. Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party had rejected the outcome of the presidential election and had approached the tribunal to challenge the victory of Buhari.
The former president in his suit had claimed that the election was marred by irregularities saying there were over-voting in some places and under-voting in places where he should have won.
The tribunal struck out Atiku’s allegation that there was widespread harassment of voters by the police and army on the ground that the agencies were not listed as defendants.
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