Buhari to remain president following a thrashed appeal from opposition.
Atiku Abubakar’s appeal for the reelection of Muhammadu Buhari in the February 23, 2019 presidential election has been rejected by the Supreme Court on Wednesday.
chief justice Tanko Muhammad who was at the head of a six man panel examined all the briefs and submissions and concluded at the end of the day that there were no merits in the appeal.
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, who said the reasons for the decision of the court would be made known on a date to be announced, disclosed that 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.
Atiku, a former vice-president, led the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, into the polls but lost to Buhari who secured a final term with the governing All Progressives Congress, APC. the elections was contested by the PDP Party but a Presidential Election Tribunal had dismissed a challenge to Buhari’s victory following which Atiku mounted an appeal at the Supreme Court.
Buhari came to power in 2015 defeating then incumbent Goodluck Jonathan. He was re-elected in hotly contested vote on February 23. Nigeria has since 1999 had contested polls with Buhari failing to overturn previous defeats.