Justice Moses Ugo, a prominent member of the five-man panel, has taken the floor to deliver the judgment in the case brought forward by Atiku against President Bola Tinubu.
Justice Ugo commenced the proceedings by scrutinizing the content of Atiku’s petition. He has raised concerns about what he deems as generic allegations within the document. Notably, he has pointed out a crucial omission: the failure to specify the polling units where alleged election malpractices occurred.
The PEPC made a ruling on certain elements of the petition put forth by Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Among the dismissed claims is the contention that President Bola Tinubu was qualified to participate in the last presidential election.
The court’s decision was prompted by motions presented by the respondents. It was established that while the petitioners argued that Tinubu did not meet the constitutional requirements for presidential candidacy, they failed to specify the exact qualifications necessary for eligibility.
Additionally, the court has struck out paragraphs in the petition that accused Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State and one Friday Adejo, described as a Local Government Chairman in Kogi State. The petitioners did not include them as parties to the petition, leading to the court’s dismissal of these allegations.
Furthermore, certain other paragraphs containing vague allegations of irregularities and malpractices were also dismissed by the court.
This ruling marks a pivotal moment in the ongoing presidential election petition, as the court narrows down the issues under consideration.
Details to follow.