Olusola Elijah

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has on Wednesday dismissed the petition filed by Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and All Progressive Congress in the February 2019 Presidential Election.

The Tribunal said the petitioners did not present before it any evidence to show that the 2019 presidential election was not conducted in compliance to the Electoral Act.

The presiding Judge, Justice Garba Mohammed, in his ruling said the petitioners failed to prove their petition beyond reasonable doubt and the petition “is hereby dismissed in its entirety.”

Justice Mohammed also noted number of allegations brought before the Tribunal by petitioners to back their claim of massive non-compliance to electoral guidelines across the nation.

He said some of the issues raised include non-holding of elections in some polling units, cancelation of results, over voting, inflation and deflation of votes among other things.

The Judge said “The petitioners have a duty to prove all the allegations which are criminal in nature beyond reasonable doubt.

“The petitioners pleaded that so many of their agents were situated in various polling units and that members of the first respondents connived with security agents to conduct massive rigging.

“They also alleged that no real voting took place in Dekina Local Government Area, among others.”

The judge further stated that the PDP failed to call the polling unit agents who would have testified that they were arrested harassed or affected by the violence pictured by the petitioners.

He said “There is no admissible evidence on record to support the petitioner’s allegations.

“Like I had mentiined, there is no admissible evidence to link the witnesses with the allegations of non-compliance to the electoral act or of corruption.”