By Sylvanus Okpe
The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal has dismissed the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, challenging the declaration of Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressive Congress (APC) as the winner of the February 23rd, 2019 Presidential elections.
Atiku and PDP had claimed that they garnered higher votes than President Buhari and the APC in the result obtained from INEC server from adhoc staff of the commission.
But in a ruling on Wednesday, the five-member panel dismissed the third of the five issues raised in the petition for lack of proof of electronic voting and transmission of result.
The chairman of the panel, Justice Mohammed Garba, held that “the petitioners have not proved this aspect of their case.
“There is no such statutory backing for electronic transmission of results,” he said.
He based his ruling on the non existence of any provision in the INEC Manual and the Electoral Act, 2010 for the transmission of results electronically “to any server through the smart card reader.”
The tribunal consequently dismissed the petition for lacking in merit.