Tribunal Dismisses Buhari’s Petition

In a ruling given on Tuesday, the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal dismissed the application filed by the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) against the electoral victory of President Goodluck Jonathan in the April 16 presidential elections for lack of merit.
The CPC had alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was working in conjunction with the President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to frustrate its petition.
The panel had earlier ordered INEC to allow the petitioner access to some electoral materials, some of which are believed to be sensitive.  
After the order was granted however, CPC returned to the tribunal accusing INEC of frustrating efforts at accessing the materials.
The petitioner thus argued that judgment should be entered in its favour due to the violation of the order of the tribunal by INEC.
The Presiding Justice Mohammed Garuba who took over as chairman of the Tribunal from Justice Isa Ayo Salami thereafter dismissed the application for lack of merit.
It was pointed out in the ruling that there was no ambiguity in the order granting the Congress for Progressive Change access to the electoral materials.
Justice Garuba, who delivered the ruling clarified that the access granted to the CPC is not the same as releasing the materials to the petitioner but for its observation.
The four-man panel agreed with the objection raised by President Jonathan, the Peoples’ Democratic Party and the Independent National Electoral Commission that releasing the materials to the CPC will reveal the patterns of voting, an action that can jeopardise national security.

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