Nigeria’s Supreme Court upholds Buhari’s election as president

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After eight months of legal battle, Nigeria’s Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the election of Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria’s president.

The court dismissed an appeal by main opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar to overturn the result of February’s presidential vote in which President Muhammadu Buhari won re-election.

The ruling ended months bitter legal battle since February’s polls when Buhari, 76, won a second term with 56 percent of the vote.

Atiku Abubakar, the 72-year-old former vice president of the main opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), came in second with 41 percent, and immediately branded the result a “sham” due to vote-rigging.

Abubakar of the opposition party lodged a petition against the result, but the petition was rejected by an election tribunal in September.

The opposition party described the ruling of the election tribunal as “provocative, barefaced subversion of justice”, and launched an appeal in Nigeria’s Supreme Court.

The appeal was dismissed by the Supreme Court. The chief justice did not give reasons for the ruling but said they would be released at a later date.

“We have examined all the briefs and the exhibits for over two weeks and we agree that there is no merit in this appeal,” Chief Justice Tanko Muhammad said on Wednesday following the Supreme Court’s judgement.

Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari  sworn in for a second term

“The appeal is dismissed,” he concluded in a decision made unanimously with six court justices.

With today’s judgement, Muhammadu Buhari has been confirmed the president of Nigeria – Africa’s most populous nation, for the next four years.


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