President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has floored Atiku Abubakar, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and his party at the presidential election petitions tribunal.
“This petition is accordingly, and hereby dismissed in its entirety,” the tribunal held.
It also ruled that the petitioners failed to prove there were electoral malpractices in the election.
The tribunal also said they failed to establish that electoral officials were harassed and that any such harassment influenced the outcome of the election.
Earlier, the tribunal had dismissed Atiku’s petition claiming the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had stored results of the election in a server.
Atiku had claimed results from the server showed that he defeated President Muhammadu Buhari in the election. He claimed he garnered a total of 18,356,732 votes to defeat Buhari, who, according to him, polled 16,741,430 votes.
In his submission to the presidential election tribunal, the former vice-president gave the “unique MAC address and Microsoft product ID of the INEC server” from where the results were obtained.
Also, the petition tribunal ruled that Buhari is qualified to contest the presidential election.
The tribunal said the evidence tendered by the PDP shows that Buhari was qualified to run for president.
“The CV contains impressive credentials that enables the second respondent (Buhari) to contest for the presidential election,” Garba held.
“The second respondent has more than secondary school certificate. There is no doubt he is not only qualified but also eminently qualified to contest the election as shown by the evidence presented by the petitioners themselves.”
Atiku had filed a petition at the tribunal challenging the victory of Buhari. Among the grounds of his petition is that Buhari did not possess the necessary academic qualification to contest the election.