The Supreme Court Nigeria has dismissed the appeal filed by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Atiku Abubakar – PDP’s presidential flagbearer in 2019 election. The party and the candidate have challenged the election of President Muhammadu Buhari. The apex court noted that it would provide reasons for dismissing the petition in coming days.
The tribunal ruled against the PDP on the core issues it raised about the February presidential election.
Mr Abubakar and the PDP had argued that Mr Buhari lied on oath about his educational qualification and that the high school the president said he attended did not exist at the dates stated by the president. They also argued that the electoral commission, INEC, manipulated the result of the election and that the result on an INEC server showed that Mr ABubakar won the election ahead of Mr Buhari.
The tribunal disagreed with the PDP and Mr Abubakar on the issues raised.
Now, what is next for Mr. Atiku? I predicted correctly (Dec 2017) that he would be the flagbearer in the concluded 2019 election. For 2023, if PDP zones it to the north, I expect him to try again, and emerge the winner. But where it is zoned to the south, then, that will do it for Atiku.