The petition which was filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar in the February 23 election against President Muhammadu Buhari of the All progressive Congress (APC) emerged with some details.
On February 27, 2019, Buhari was declared as the winner of the presidential election with 15,191,847 votes and Atiku with 11,262,978 votes.
According to the petitioners “from the data in the 1st respondent’s (INEC’s) server … the true, actual and correct results” from “state to state computation,” revealed that Atiku had 18,356,732 votes while Buhari polled 16,741,430 votes, which shows that Atiku won the election.
One of the five grounds of the petition claimed that Buhari was not qualified to run for the office of the president based on the fact that he has no school certificate.
The five grounds of the petition read: “The 2nd respondent (Buhari) was not duly elected by the majority of lawful votes cast at the election
“The election of the 2nd respondent is invalid by reason of corrupt practices.
“The election of the 2nd Respondent is invalid by reason of non – compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2010 ( as amended) .
“The 2nd respondent was at the time of the election not qualified to contest the said election.
“The 2nd respondent submitted to the 1st Respondent an affidavit containing false information of a fundamental nature in aid of his qualification for the said election.”
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