Nigeria’s Supreme Court dismisses Atiku’s appeal against Buhari’s re-election Updated for 2021

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Updated: March 1, 2021

The Nigerian Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed an appeal against President Muhammadu Buhari’s election for lacking merit.

The appeal was filed by Atiku Abubakar, a former Vice President of Nigeria and the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 election.

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The court unanimously ruled that President Buhari was validly elected as Nigerian President in the 23 February presidential election.

“A seven man panel of the court, headed by Justice Tanko Ibrahim Mohammed, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, also dismissed the appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, challenging the victory of Buhari at the presidential election,” reported local Nigerian newspaper PMNEWS.

Other members of the panel were Bode Rhodes-Vivour, Olukayode Ariwoola, John Okoro, Aminu Sanusi, Ejembi Eko and Uwani Abba-ji.

The newspaper said Atiku had gone to the apex court to challenge the September 11 judgment of the Justice Mohammed Garba-led Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal which affirmed President Buhari’s victory at the polls.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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