The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, on Wednesday, delivered some rulings in some applications that had been brought by parties to the petition.
Below are some of the four key decisions that the Tribunal led by Justice Mohammed Garba have delivered:
- Vice-presidential candidate not a necessary party in election. Petitions are not incompetent because VicePresident Yemi Osinbajo was not joined as a party to the petition.
- Petitioners’ lead counsel, Livy Uzoukwu (SAN), has his name of the roll of lawyers who can practise in Nigeria. So all the documents filed and signed by him in respect of the petition are validly filed.
- Non-qualification of Atiku to contest on the grounds that he is a Cameroonian alleged by the respondents could not be brought up in the reply to the petition. Buhari ought to have filed it as a cross-petition
- Allegations of the petitioners that security agencies were used to rig elections are incompetent because the individuals and institutions accused were not joined.
Also The presidential election petitions tribunal has dismissed the application of the PDP and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, accusing Vice President Yemi Osinbajo of inducing voters with the Trader-Moni scheme.
The tribunal held that it did not have jurisdiction over the matter.
It also noted that Osinbajo was not a party in the suit.
The court, therefore, dismissed the application in favour of the second respondent, President Muhammadu Buhari.
The PDP had raised the alarm a few weeks to the conduct of the presidential election over the sharing of N10,000 by Osinbajo to the market women.
The party had accused the ruling party of vote-buying.