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16:36

PEPT strikes out the evidence given by the Kenyan Information and Communication Technology (ICT) expert, Mr. David Njorga invited by Atiku/INEC on INEC server issue.’

Mr. Njorga was invited to establish the claim that INEC transmitted results to a server during the presidential election.

Justice Garba classified the evidence by Njorga as hearsay evidence because he claimed to have sourced the information about supposed INEC server from a third party website: www.factsdontlieng.com.

Justice Mohammed Garba said the court cannot rely on hearsay to hold that there actually exists a server.

The judge also dismissed the evidence by one Gbenga Joseph who claimed to be a statistician.

He noted that Joseph admitted during cross-examination that he has no professional certification.

Justice Garba said the evidence by Njorga and Joseph, who were presented as expert witnesses, did not qualify as such.

15:45

The Tribunal declared that there is no evidence that INEC transmitted the results of the last presidential election electronically to any server.

Justice Mohammed Garba said: “I have carefully examined and examined Exhibit 28 (INEC Manual for Election) tendered by the petitioners, I did not see where there is provision for electronic transmission of result of election.”

The court also held that there is no law in place in Nigeria that allows electronic transmission of results or the transmission of result using card reader.

14:43

PEPT has just declared that it is without doubt that Muhammadu Buhari is eminently qualified to run for the office of President of Nigeria by virtue of his education.

Justice Mohammed Garba said: “There’s no doubt that the 2nd Respondent is not only qualified but eminently qualified to contest elections.

“In my view the CV contains enviable credentials”.

13:25

PEPT insists that Buhari can’t escape the issue of his qualification and false information to INEC raised by Atiku .

Consequently, a verdict is expected on this matter to end it once and for all as it is supported by Electoral Act 2010 as amended in 2015.

All objections from APC, INEC and Buhari were thrown away.

PEPT is on a short break right now. To resume in few minutes.

Stay tuned…

13:07

Tribunal exonerates Osinbajo from Atiku’s petition alleging voters’ inducement

PEPC upholds Buhari’s argument that it lacked the jurisdiction to entertain allegation of corrupt practices and voters’ inducement raised against Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in the petition by Atiku Abubakar/PDP.

The court equally upheld the argument by Buhari’s legal team, led by Wole Olanipekun (SAN) that it was wrong for the petitioners to raise such grievous allegation against Osinbajo without joining him as a party in the petition to enable him defend himself against the allegation.

The petitioners had, in the petition, alleged that Osinbajo engaged in voters inducement by spending funds not appropriated for by the National Assembly or approved, in the pretext of Trader Moni and other social intervention programmes of the government.

12:54

Tribunal strikes out Buhari’s application on Atiku being a Cameroonian.

The court held that Atiku is a Nigerian and qualified to contest the presidential election.

12:07

PEPT acceded to the request by President Buari to strike out a witness statement written by former Aviation Minister, Osita Chidoka, in support of the petition by Atiku/PDP.

In its 4th ruling of the day, the court said the statement was incompetent, having been filed in violation of the provision of the Electoral Act.

The court also struck out some other documents and portions of some processes filed by the petitioners.

12:03

Justice Garba rules: “I find no merit in the prayer of the applicant” talking particularly on President Buhari’s qualification to contest the election.

11:26

PEPC strikes out portions of Atiku’s petition containing criminal allegations against security personnel

PEPC upheld argument by INEC that it was wrong by the petitioners to raised criminal allegations of intimidation, harassment, corruption, etc against security personnel and some named persons, but who are not parties to the petition.

It proceeded to strike out portions of the petition by Atiku and the PDP, where such allegations are contained.

11:06

PEPT dismisses objection challenging Buhari’s qualification and submitting to INEC affidavit containing false information of a fundamental nature. The grounds are therefore uphold by the court and considered valid.

Six points decided in favour of Atiku/PDP.

11:00

“You reacted to paragraphs now you say we should strike them out?

“No, we won’t strike it out,” PEPT tells Buhari/APC/INEC legal team.

Five points decided in favour of Atiku/PDP

10:56

Recall that INEC had on February 27, declared that President Buhari won the presidential election with 15,191,847 votes to defeat Atiku Abubakar who polled 11,262,978 votes.

President Muhammadu Buhari closed his defence on the 1st August, 2019 after calling 7 witnesses. INEC and APC did not call any witness.

10:48

Tribunal dismisses INEC’s application seeking dismissal of Atiku, PDP’s petition

Says qualification of a candidate is both a pre- and post-election matter.

Says the tribunal can rule on falsification in an affidavit of a person who takes part in an election.

10:34

BREAKING: Atiku wins Second round at Presidential election petition tribunal, as court ruled that his lead counsel is registered to practice law in Nigeria, that nothing is wrong with his full name or abbreviations. #PEPTUpdate

10:31:

BREAKING: Atiku wins first round at Presidential Election Petition Tribunal as court ruled that non joinder of Vice President Osinbajo cannot render the judgement a nullity.

10:23

Representation include:

  • Yahaya Abubakar for Atiku Abubakar,
  • Prince Uche Secondus for PDP,
  • Col. Wahkid Ahmed Sarki for President Muhammadu Buhari ,
  • May Agbamuche-Mbu for the Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC],
  • Adams Oshiomhole for APC

10:03

The Panel has just started now and appearances are being announced

The proceeding commenced with the entrance of the PEPT judges led by Justice Garba Mohammed into the court room.

The court room is filled to capacity with political big wigs and party faithfuls in attendance.

9:55

The D – Day for the Presidential Tribunal Judgement is here.

Today, the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal will deliver Judgement through the 5-man Panel of Justices led by Justice Mohammed Garba.

These are the judges that will be making the landmark judgement:

Abdul Aboki (Abuja Div.),
Joseph Ikyegh (Benin Div.),
Samuel Oseji (Lagos Div.)
Peter Ige (Abuja Div.)
Tribunal head: Mohammed Garba

The bone of contention is the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar against President Muhammadu Buhari and his party, the All Progressives Congress [APC] challenging his victory at the 2019 presidential election.

Judiciary on trial!

About to start now…

Stay tuned for updates…

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