Breaking: Supreme Court Affirms President Buhari’s Victory

The Supreme Court of Nigeria on Wednesday affirmed the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 23, 2019, presidential election.

It dismissed the appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, challenging the victory.

The panel that gave the ruling consisted of Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, Rhodes-Vivour, Amiru Sanusi, Uwani Abaji, Ejembi Eko, John Inyang Okoro and Olukayode Ariwoola.

At the opening of proceedings, the apex court stood down Atiku’s appeal for 15 minutes to enable parties agree on whether or not to consolidate all the appeals.

The Court however, resumed sitting after all the counsels agreed to a consolidation of all the appeals.

Members of the panel then delivered a three-sentence judgement to put an end to the long post-election legal battle.

All the members of the penal unanimously consented to the judgement.

Justice Tanko said he and members of the panel had read all the documents and exhibits filed in the case for two weeks and found the appeal to be lacking in merit.

He, however said he would make known the reasons for the decision in a future date.

Atiku challenged the results of the election at the Electoral Tribunal but lost the suit on September 11, 2019. He went ahead to Appeal the September 11 judgment of the Justice Mohammed Garba-led Tribunal but also lost the appeal.

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