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Supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) candidate in the last presidential election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, were yesterday upbeat with the news that the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal would deliver its judgment in the petition filed by Atiku and the PDP against the victory of Buhari and the All Progressives Party (APC) today in Abuja.
The main opposition party and its candidate’s camp expressed optimism that the judgment of the tribunal would favour them.
The tribunal, which heard the petition against the re-election of Buhari, yesterday served notice to parties in the petition that it would deliver its verdict today.
However, the APC was more restrained in its expectations, saying today’s judgment would decide the fate of the petitioners and the appellants.
Atiku and PDP on March 18 petitioned the tribunal to challenge the declaration by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of Buhari as winner of the February 23 presidential election. Besides INEC, others named as respondents in the petition, in which Atiku and the PDP are seeking the nullification of the election, were the president and the APC.
Atiku and PDP are seeking the nullification of Buhari’s election over alleged non-qualification for the election, electoral malpractices and violence, among others.
The five-man panel headed by Justice Mohammed Garba on August 21 reserved judgment in the petition after all lawyers in the matter adopted and argued their final written addresses.