by Hauwa Gambo
This morning, 28 December, the Supreme Court acknowledged the decision of the Court of Appeal to uphold the victory of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan at last April’s Presidential Election.
The court held that the allegation of nonconformity as alleged by the plaintiff, the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC was not proven. Justice Olufunmilayo Adekeye, said that mere allegation does not automatically shift the burden to the respondents to proof that the outcome of the election was not affected by such noncompliance.
The court further held that the refusal by the trial court to allow the CPC swap witness deposition and which the party failed to appeal against took the wind out of their petition and consequently, the court dismissed the appeal and affirmed the decision of the Court of Appeal which upheld the victory of President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo as winners of the last April’s Presidential election.
Reacting to the decision of the court, General Muhammadu Buhari, candidate of the CPC at the Presidential Election slammed the court for closing its eyes to the abuse of the electoral guidelines by INEC and decried the refusal of the electoral body to allow his party have access to materials used by INEC in the conduct of the election to enable them proof their allegation of malpractices during the election.
Summary from PM News.