Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has agreed with the tribunal over its judgment on the 2019 presidential election involving President Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party.
This paper had reported earlier that the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) on Wednesday dismissed the petition of the PDP and its presidential candidate.
Delivering judgment, Justice Mohammed Garba, who led a five-man panel of justices, said: “This petition is accordingly, and hereby dismissed in its entirety.
“In the final result, and I have come to the conclusion which is inevitable and unavoidable, that the petitioners have not proved any of the grounds of the petition in paragraph 15 of the petition.
“This petition is accordingly and hereby dismissed in its entirety.”
Speaking shortly after the tribunal upheld Buhari’s victory, Falana said: “As far as the Nigerian electoral jurisprudence is concerned the judgment… is sound and unimpeachable.
“In Buhari v Obasanjo the Supreme Court pointed out that it is virtually impossible to annul a presidential election in Nigeria. For 16 years the PDP didn’t allow any serious electoral reform.
“The findings of the Court on Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s nationality and Alhaji Buhari’s qualification to contest the election tally with the provisions of the Constitution.
“Since President Buhari has said that the victory belongs to the Nigerian people, then the federal government should be retrieved from western and Chinese imperialism and manned by the genuine representatives of the Nigerian people.
“Furthermore, the Buhari administration should implement the recommendations of the Uwais, Lemu and Nnamani panels on electoral reforms.”