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June 12th, 2019

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday prayed the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal to dismiss petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar against his Feb.23 re-election.

Buhari made the prayer through his Counsel, Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, in a motion adopted and argued on Tuesday before Justice Mohammed Garba-led five-man panel in Abuja.

Olanipekun submitted that the petition was funda­mentally defective, adding that his client won the presi­dential ‘square and clear’.

He explained that the alle­gations advanced by the peti­tioners were mere theoretical assumptions that could not stand the test of critical legal debate.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the tribu­nal also entertained the presi­dent’s motion that sought to effect amendment on the identities and addresses of counsel representing him.

Another of Buhari’s ap­plication seeking to mandate the tribunal to entertain all interlocutory motions be­fore the commencement of proper hearing of the main petition was also adopted and argued.

Similarly, the Independent National Electoral Commis­sion (INEC) asked the tri­bunal to dismiss the petition brought by PDP and Atiku against a “flawless’’ election that won by Buhari.

Mr Yunus Usman, SAN, Counsel for INEC said that the electoral commission would standby the declara­tion of the second respon­dent (Buhari) as winner of the Feb.23 Presidential elec­tion.

Usman said the petition challenging the outcome of the exercise was “misguided’’, adding that the allegations of fraud made against the elec­toral body was “mischievous’’.

NAN reports that INEC’s application challenging the jurisdiction and competence of the tribunal to entertain the petition.

Usman further urged the tribunal to dismiss the peti­tion as the petitioners failed to include the vice president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, as a co-winner in the election.

“The failure of the PDP and Atiku to include Osinba­jo’s name as party should not be overlooked because what­ever affects the president af­fects his running mate,’’ Us­man said.

NAN also reports that three other interlocutory motions filed by the All Pro­gressive Congress were ar­gued and dispensed with.

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