Tribunal dismisses petition against Buhari’s victory

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The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has dismissed the petition of the Coalition for Change (C4C) against the election of President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 23 election.

The dismissal was sequel to an application by C4C for withdrawal of the petition filed on June 10, 2019.

When the matter was called on Monday, lawyers to Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) Wole Olanipekun SAN and Lateef Fagbemi SAN informed the court that their clients were yet to be served with a copy of the petition.

Olanipekun said at the last adjourned date the panel had granted an application for substituted service but that up till when he spoke, the petitioners were yet to serve the processes on the first defendant.

In his response, counsel for C4C, Obed Aguh, informed the tribunal that an application for the withdrawal of their petition against the election of President Buhari was filed but yet to be served on the respondents.

However, following the non-objection of the application, Chairman of the five-man panel, Justice Mohammed Garba, accordingly dismissed the suit.

It was Garba’s first task as the replacement for the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa.

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