Tribunal: Tension In APC As Atiku Wins Round One

Atiku Abubakar, and his party, Peoples Democratic Party has won the first face of the tribunal in the motion filed by the Independent National Election, INEC.

In the motion, INEC had sought the dismissal of Atiku and PDP’s petitions because they failed to join the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, in their petitions against President Buhari and the electoral umpire.

The motion was filed on 5 May.

However, chairman of the tribunal, Justice Garba Mohammed, reading the verdict said the vice president would have been superfluous in the petition.

The court held that the vice president is not a necessary party in an election petition, saying as an appendage to the candidate, he rises and falls with the candidate

INEC in its motion had argued: that the vice president is an indispensable party to the petition and that his fair hearing would be breached should a decision be reached without his input.

That Section 137 (2) of the Electoral Act makes Mr Osinbajo a vital part of the petition.

That if the section above is to be followed the petition would be invalidated.

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