Atiku Abubakar has defeated the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, after the Presidential Tribunal sitting in Abuja struck out their application seeking to strike out his petition.
According to the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja on Wednesday, the appeal by INEC is incompetent and not capable of against Atiku’s petition.
The Tribunal said the appeal by INEC was incompetent, as not including the Vice President cannot make Atiku’s petition incompetent.
The rule now allows for judgment to be given on the petition filed by Atiku.
Atiku’s petition seeks to disqualify President Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of the last presidential election. It also calls for a re-run or that he be declared winner.
Prominent Nigerians at the court today include Buhari’s chief of staff, Abba Kyari, National chairman of the APC Adams Oshiomhole, Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the federation, Abubakar Malami, Ministers of Works and Housing, Raji Fashola, Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, Minister of State, Niger Delta, Festus Kayamo among others.