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Presidential Election Petition Tribunal Validates Bola Tinubu's Election as President of Nigeria

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Presidential Election Petition Tribunal Validates Bola Tinubu's Election as President of Nigeria
The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has validated the election of Bola Tinubu as the President of Nigeria, dismissing the petitions filed by Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi. The tribunal cleared Tinubu of allegations of substantial non-compliance and upheld his election as legitimate. Additionally, the tribunal clarified that Abuja has become Nigeria's 37th state and does not require the constitutional 25% of votes in a presidential run. It also stated that INEC is not obligated to use BVAS and that electronic transmission of results is discretionary.

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has upheld the election of Bola Tinubu as the President of Nigeria, dismissing the petitions filed by Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi. The tribunal, in a ruling that lasted over 12 hours, determined that the petitions lacked merit and failed to prove substantial non-compliance in the February 25 presidential election.

One of the key takeaways from the ruling is the clarification that Abuja, the Federal capital territory, is now effectively the 37th state of Nigeria and does not require the previously mandatory 25% of votes in a presidential run. This decision marks a significant shift in the political landscape of the country.

The tribunal also addressed the use of the Bi-modal Verification Accreditation System (BVAS) by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). It stated that INEC is not legally compelled to use BVAS for the purpose of voter accreditation. This decision provides more flexibility to INEC in choosing the methods of voter verification.

Furthermore, the tribunal clarified that the electronic transmission of election results is discretionary and not mandatory for INEC. It emphasized that INEC has the right to decide whether to transmit results electronically or through other means. This ruling settles the debate around the use of electronic transmission in future elections.

The tribunal also examined the allegation of Tinubu's $460,000 forfeiture to the United States government and concluded that it was not a criminal forfeiture. The court held that Tinubu's election candidacy was fit and proper, dismissing claims of any disqualification based on the alleged forfeiture.

The ruling by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal affirms the legitimacy of Tinubu's election as President of Nigeria and provides important clarifications on key electoral issues. It is expected to shape future elections in the country and influence the electoral procedures of INEC.

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