Tribunal Dismisses Atiku’s Petition Upholds Buhari’s Election

12 Sep 2019

Hi Folks,

It was a sit-tight situation for members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the five man panel Presidential Elections Petition Tribunal (PEPT) decided the case of Buhari versus Atiku.

After a sitting that lasted almost 9 hours, the panel dismissed former Vice President Atiku Abubakar stating that Buhari was over-qualified to contest the elections and that the other allegations were lacking in evidence. The court room was alive all through the session as the counsel for both parties awaited the decisions of the five man panel.

Buhari’s over-qualification to contest the 2019 presidential election comes on the heels of Nigerian constitution which says you must have education up to secondary school certificate level, clearly President Muhammadu Buhari has beyond that level of education. Atiku’s counsels also raised the issue of transmitting votes via the card readers, pundits have come out to say that card readers are for voters’ accreditation and only devices upon which votes are cast can be used to transmit results; hence the transmission claims were also unfounded.

We are yet to see the end of the petitions as the team are all set to take their case to the Supreme Court for a better hearing. My take: Atiku’s decision to challenge the 2019 Presidential election results in court is a step in the right direction, what I find unusual is the presentation of frivolous evidences by the team of Senior Advocates who should know better. Buhari’s team didn’t do much better when they started singing that Atiku was also not eligible to contest the election as he was believed to be a citizen of Cameroon. Did I hear you laugh? Left to me, I’d say Atiku should put his money into a more profitable use, there are thousands of ideas in search of funding; Atiku should look in that direction or what do you think?

Aftermath of the Xenophobia Attacks in South Africa; 187 Nigerians arrived the Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos after hours of delay at the Oliver Tambo International airport. South African security agents were said to have arrested Nigerians already profiled for evacuation out of the country or not possessing travel documents, according to Tribune Online. Information reveals that the security agents demanded the travel documents of the Nigerians and an explanation on how they got into South Africa without legal travel papers.

“I am overwhelmed with what Nigeria Government did for us. They treated us the way American Government treat their citizens”, one of the returnees said.

On the entertainment scene, Nigerian-born rapper, Illyminiachi, has arrived Nigeria ahead of his highly anticipated performance alongside Davido, Toni Braxton, and others this Saturday, September 14 at a Private birthday party in Lekki, Lagos.

The star rapper who arrived on Tuesday, September 10 was greeted with a warm and ecstatic welcome as fans cheered him on at the Airport.

In 2017, he recorded “Few and Far Between”, a fine blend of RnB and rap.

Illyminiachi is popular for his electric live shows, an undeniably exhilarating experience for his fans and music lovers alike whom continue to stay addicted to his unique hip-hop sound.

His latest body of work “Figure Leg Work” is available on major music platforms for a listen as fans wait with bated breath for his iconic performance, as usual, at the private party on Sunday, September 15.

Speaking of September 15, I am all geared up for the Art of Positive Thinking at Orange Academy Lagos, I will definitely bring you updates from the event.

Remember to make someone smile today, no matter where you may find yourself. Enjoy your day!


Ilupeju B