No Evidence That The 2019 Election Was Rigged For Or By Buhari – Tribunal Dismisses Atiku’s Entire Petition

No Evidence That The 2019 Election Was Rigged For Or By Buhari  – Tribunal Dismisses Atiku’s Entire Petition

The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abuja, on Wednesday, said there was no enough evidence suggesting that President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was not lawfully elected, Igbere TV reports.
Igbere TV reports that the Tribunal made the assertion while ruling on a petition brought before it by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, challenging Buhari’s victory in the February 23 election.
Atiku and the PDP had, in their petition, alleged that President Buhari was not elected by lawful votes, but through “manipulated figures” in an election they claimed was rigged.
But delivering judgement, Justice Mohammed Garba of the five-man panel, said the petitioners failed to discharge the burden of proof that Buhari was not elected by a majority of lawful votes.
“The petitioners have a duty to prove all the allegations which are criminal in nature beyond reasonable doubt,” the lead judge (Mohammed Garba) said in his ruling.
He listed other allegations the PDP and Atiku raised in their petition to include, compromised printing of election materials, manipulation of ballot boxes, manipulation of card readers, and manipulation of accreditation and collation.
Others are, manipulation of security agencies and militarisation of election, manipulation of election materials’ delivery, arbitrary arrest of petitioners’ supporters and massive thumb-printing of ballot papers.
“Under these issues, the petitioners alleged the election was marred by irregularities, misuse of scarce resources, manipulation of result sheets, over-voting, wrongful recording of results, intimidation of voters among others in 11 ‘focal states’,”Justice Garba said.
Igbere TV reports that the petitioners’ 11 focal states are, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger, Yobe and Zamfara States.
The Tribunal insisted that the allegations levelled under issues 4 and 5 (above) were criminal in nature that must be proved beyond reasonable doubt.
Igbere TV reports that three members of the five-man panel of justices agreed with the lead judge (Mohammed Garba) in his ruling.
The Tribunal, therefore, stroke out the entire petition of Atiku and the PDP against Buhari and the APC, for lacking merit, and failure to evidently prove their case beyond reasonable doubt.


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