The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 general election, Atiku Abubakar, has reacted to the dismissal of his appeals by the country’s highest court on Wednesday for lacking “merits”.
72-year-old Atiku described the judgment as a part of the “challenges” Nigeria must survive.
“While I believe that only God is infallible everywhere, and only Nigerians are infallible in our democracy, I must accept that the judicial route I chose to take, as a democrat, has come to a conclusion,” Atiku Abubakar wrote on Twitter, hours after the Supreme Court sealed his fate.
The ruling brings an end to an eight-month bitter legal battle since the delayed presidential poll in February.
Abubakar challenged the victory of President Buhari in the February 2019 poll at the Presidential Election Tribunal and at the Supreme Court, after he branded the result of the poll a “sham”.
Buhari took 56 percent of the vote against 41 percent for Abubakar, the electoral commission said in February, but with a turnout of just 35.6 percent compared with 44 percent in 2015.
At the tribunal, Abubakar claimed that the election was marred by irregularities, that he received more votes than Buhari, and the president did not have a secondary school certificate, a basic requirement to contest the election.
But the tribunal rejected Abubakar’s bid to overturn the result of the poll.
“This petition is hereby dismissed in its entirety,” Justice Mohammed Lawal Garba said announcing the ruling. All five judges who presided over the tribunal rejected Abubakar’s claims.