Tribunal: Buhari qualified to contest 2019 election




President Muhammadu Buhari

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has declared President Muhammadu Buhari qualified to contest the 2019 presidential election.

Justice Muhammed Garba, the head of the appeal court panel read out the ruling on Wednesday.

The tribunal held that Buhari is eminently qualified to contest the election as shown by the evidence presented by the petitioners themselves.

“The CV contains impressive credentials that enables the second respondent (Buhari) to contest for the presidential election,” Garba held.

“The second respondent has more than secondary school certificate. There is no doubt he is not only qualified but also eminently qualified to contest the election as shown by the evidence presented by the petitioners themselves.”

On the purported error in Buhari’s Cambridge certificate, the judge said the second respondent is not the maker of his certificate, and that there is nothing to show that the errors in the names of Buhari as indicated on the certificate from Cambridge and WEAC implied that they do not belong to him, TheCable reports.

“I am of the strong view that the petitioners did not prove that the second respondent does not possess the necessary qualification to contest for president,” the lead judge said.

“I am also of the firm view that the petitioners have failed to prove that the second respondent (Buhari) submitted false information.”




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