Supreme Court Dismisses CPC Appeal, Upholds President Jonathan’s Election
The Seven-man panel of the Supreme Court set up by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Dahiru Musdapher, has dismissed the appeal filed by the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) which sought to upturn the decision of the Court of Appeal which upheld the election of Goodluck Jonathan as winner of the April Presidential Poll.
The final verdict delivered by the Apex Court Panel today laid to rest claims and counter claims by the CPC and the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) on which party actually won the April election.
The panel maintained that the petition was bound to fail from the outset as there was no sufficient evidence to support allegations of the CPC.
In his response to the judgement, the presidential candidate of the CPC, Muhammadu Buhari condemned the judgement, saying the Supreme Court turned a blind eye to gross irregularities observed during the election.
The CPC, which came second behind the PDP in the Presidential Poll, had filed a petition at the presidential election petition tribunal alleging irregularities in the conduct of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and seeking cancellation of the poll to pave the way for a fresh one or declaration of the CPC candidate as winner.
The Court of Appeal in Abuja under Justice Kummai Bayang Akaahs had on November 1, 2012 dismissed the petition on the ground that it was baseless and lacking in merit.
The CPC had gone to the Supreme Court asking that the Appeal Court judgment be set aside, alleging that INEC did not substantially comply with the electoral act 2010.