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Court to rule on petition against Pres. Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari, flanked by his wife, Aisha, casting his vote at 2019 election. Photo: Radio Nigeria

The Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) has reserved judgment in the petition by the Hope Democratic Party (HDP) and its candidate, Ambrose Owuru against the outcome of the last presidential election won by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The court, presided over by Justice Mohammed Garba announced on Monday, that they will be informed later about the date set for judgment.

Petitioners’ lawyer, Chukwunoyerem Njoku urged the court to void the presidential election held on February 23, 2019 on the grounds that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) did not comply with the relevant provisions of the Electoral Act before postponing the election earlier scheduled for February 16, 2019.

President Buhari’s lead lawyer, Wole Olanipekun (SAN) urged the court to dismiss the petition on the grounds that it is frivolous, baseless and lacking in merit.

INEC’s lead lawyer Yunus Usman (SAN) equally prayed the court to dismiss the petition with substantial cost to serve as a deterrent to those who may wish to waste the court’s time by filing frivolous and baseless petitions in future elections.

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