The highly anticipated judgement regarding the 25% vote cast on the Federal Capital Territory was ruled on Wednesday at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal.
According to Justice Haruna Tsammani, who acted as the lead judge of the five-man panel, declared that the FCT does not hold any special status that makes it higher than other 36 states in the country.
The justice pointed out Section 134 (1) and (2) of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria (as amended) stipulates that a presidential candidate must attain or score a majority of votes cast in a presidential election, where two or more candidates are involved, and at least 25% in two-thirds of the 36 States and the country’s capital to meet the constitutional requirement to be declared as duly elected as President of Nigeria.
Bola Ahmed Tinubu was declared as winner of the February 25 presidential election after securing overc8 million of votes cast. The outcome was rejected by Labour Party candidate Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party and filed separate petitions to challenge the victory of the APC flag bearer.