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Five man Tribunal decides if either Buhari or Atiku remains in Aso Rock today

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There is palpable tension, as the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja will today deliver judgement on the petition seeking to nullify President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election.

The five man tribunal, Justice Mohammed Garba. Justice Abdul Aboki. Justice Peter Ige, Justice, Joseph Ikyegh and Justice Samuel Oseji, earlier on August 21, reserved its verdict on the petition the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, lodged to challenge the outcome of the February 23 presidential election that was declared in favour of President Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

Regards to electoral act 2010, the tribunal is mandated under section134 (1) to (3) to determine the petition that was filed on March 18, within 180 days.

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The stipulated timeframe of 180 days is due to elapse on Saturday, September 14, a development that fuelled speculations that the verdict could be delivered on Friday.

According to reports, lawyers in the matter, on Tuesday, revealed to newsmen that the tribunal had notified all the parties that the judgement day will be on Wednesday, which is today.

It will be recalled that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had on February 27, declared that Atiku came behind his closet rival with 11,262,978 votes making Buhari winner of the presidential contest with 15,191,847 votes.

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