These are the reasons why Atiku loose court judgement–Tinubu

 Bola Tinubu has said Atiku and the PDP were defeated at the tribunal because they based their arguments on imaginary server

– Presidential election petition tribunal had on Wednesday, September 11, dismissed Atiku’s petition filed against President Buhari’s victory at the poll

– The former Lagos governor said that Atiku was given the chance to prove his case but he did not produce the requisite evidence

The national leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has finally revealed why the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, was defeated by President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential election petition tribunal.

 

Legit.ng reports that the former governor of Lagos state in a thread of tweets on his official twitter page, on Friday, September 13, said that Atiku and his party were given free hand to prove their cases against the president’s victory at the poll, adding that the former vice president only based his arguments on imaginary server.

 

The presidential election petition tribunal sitting in Abuja, had on Wednesday, September 11, dismissed the petitions filed against President Buhari’s victory during the February 23, election.

Tinubu said that the rule of law came to the defence of democracy by affirming the sovereign will of the people expressed during the February 23 election when a vast compelling majority of the electorate cast their ballots for Buhari to serve a second term in office.

 

He noted that the court did its job by following the law of the land, adding that as a Nigerian, he was proud to see both sides of the dispute behave with utmost civility and decorum despite the weight of the matters at stake.

The APC leader, therefore, states some reasons Atiku and his party lost at the election tribunal:

1. Former vice president Atiku and his legal team put forth some imaginative, if desperate, arguments as was their right. They fought vigorously for their positions and were allowed to do so without pressure and without fear.

2. No one used the power of the state to intimidate them in court just as no one used the power of the state to intimidate them during the election. As the court affirmed, the election was free and fair and the final result should stand.

3. The PDP claimed that President Buhari was unqualified to run for office. To his credit, President Buhari took this assault against his character with customary grace. The court thoroughly vindicated him.

4. Based on his education and the experiences gained through his fine career, the court determined the evidence presented by Atiku, showed that the president was eminently qualified and had done nothing untoward in his election filings with INEC.

5. Atiku also placed unfounded reliance on the assertion of the use of card readers to send election results to an imaginary server. The court found that the operative law did not provide for the alleged electronic transmission of polling booth results.

6. Atiku could not present evidence that such transmissions ever took place. In fact, such transmissions were technologically unfeasible. Card readers were not meant for this task and the purported mystery server was but a phantom in the PDP’s mind.

7. To their credit, Atiku’s team argued and pressed their case energetically; but in the end their claims were based on things that existed only in their minds. They were arguing what they wanted to have happened not what actually took place.

8. The court, on the other hand, can only deal with facts at hand not the imaginings of the mind. Most importantly, the court found that the election was properly conducted and that President Buhari won by the wide margin counted and recorded by INEC.

9. Atiku was given the chance to prove his case. In the end, he did not produce the requisite evidence. This failure was not from lack of trying; the failure was because such evidence simply does not exist. President Buhari won the election openly and honestly.

He, however, said that Atiku could decide to continue with the claims or he could take the more prudent approach by accepting the express will of the people and placing his ample talents in the service of the nation in his private capacity.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the PDP rejected the final judgement of the tribunal that favoured President Muhammadu Buhari and described it as an assault on the integrity of Nigeria’s judiciary.

 

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https://www.msn.com/en-xl/africa/nigeria/presidential-election-tribunal-tinubu-releases-bombshell-gives-9-reasons-atiku-lost-to-buhari/ar-AAHfx9A?li=BBQbhAJ

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Robert Mugabe will be buried in a mausoleum at the National Heroes Acre shrine in Harare in 30 days time.

HARARE (Reuters) – Foreign leaders, supporters and ordinary citizens gathered at a national stadium on Saturday to bid farewell to Zimbabwe’s founder Robert Mugabe, after a week of disputes over his burial that have threatened to undermine President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Mugabe, who ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years until he was ousted by his own army in November 2017, died in a Singapore hospital a week ago aged 95.

He will be buried in a mausoleum at the National Heroes Acre shrine in Harare in about 30 days, his nephew said on Friday, contradicting earlier comments that the burial would be on Sunday.

Mnangagwa, Mugabe’s former deputy who conspired to topple him, said late on Friday that building the mausoleum would delay the burial of his predecessor.

“Today, let us put aside our differences and come together as we remember the past and look to the future as one proud, independent and free nation,” Mnangagwa wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

Mnangagwa and the ruling ZANU-PF party have wanted Mugabe buried at a national monument to heroes of the liberation war against white minority rule. But some relatives, expressing bitterness at the way former comrades had ousted Mugabe, had pushed for him to be buried in his home village.

 

African heads of state, including long-ruling leaders from Equatorial Guinea and Congo, started arriving in Zimbabwe on Thursday night for Mugabe’s funeral.

Banners reading “Hamba kahle, Gushungo,” (go well, Gushungo)” in reference to Mugabe’s clan name and “Pioneer of nationalist politics,” were on display at the national stadium ahead of a state funeral.

Cleo Mapuranga, a caterer, told Reuters: “I feel low because Mugabe fought for us. I remember him for land to the blacks, economic freedom and higher education which was non-racial.”

“Now, people are suffering. No one is controlling the prices in the shops. Our finance minister is trying to implement first-world policies which don’t work in third-world countries.”

Mnangagwa’s government has taken steps to cut the budget deficit, remove subsidies on fuel and power and repeal laws curbing public and media freedoms, but those reforms and austerity measures have compounded ordinary people’s hardships.

Mugabe was feted as a champion of racial reconciliation when he came to power in 1980 in one of the last African states to throw off white colonial rule.

By the time he was toppled in 2017 to wild celebrations across the country of 13 million, he was viewed by many at home and abroad as a power-obsessed autocrat who unleashed death squads, rigged elections and ruined the economy to keep control.

 

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https://www.msn.com/en-xl/africa/zimbabwe/foreign-leaders-supporters-bid-farewell-to-zimbabwes-mugabe/ar-AAHhU5f?li=BBQbhAJ

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