The Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja has thrown out the petition of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) challenging the victory of President Goodluck Jonathan and the People’s Democratic Party at the 16 April 2011 general elections.
After six months of serious legal tussle, the CPC’s petition was unanimously dismissed for lack of merit by the five-man panel.
The CPC’s candidate, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) had headed to the tribunal after the Independent National Electoral Commission declared Dr. Goodluck Jonathan winner of the presidential election. Jonathan who was subsequently sworn-in as President had 59 % of the total votes cast in the election while Buhari had 32 %.
While reading the ruling on Tuesday, Justice Kumai Akaahs stated that “the petition fails in its entirety and is hereby dismissed.”
While disclosing to newsmen after the verdict that his party will contest the judgment, Prince Tony Momoh, Chairman of the CPC said “there are three types of judgment, judgment of the conscience, judgment of the people and the judgment of God Almighty, we will go ahead and appeal”.