11th September, 2019





The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja today dismissed the petition filed by Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the People’s Democtatic Party (PDP). The court ruled that President Muhammadu Buhari was duly elected as president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria during the presidential election held on 23rd February, 2019.

The tribunal ruled that electronic transfer of results which was the crux of the opposition’s petition did not take place at any level. The court also held that President Buhari was not only qualified but eminently qualified to stand for election based on his educational records. In addition, the tribunal dismissed the allegations of electoral malpractices and that there was no evidence of partiality on the part of security agents, nor was there didespread violence on election day.


In a reaction circulated to the media immediately after the petition was dismissed, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on his victory at the election tribunal. The reaction was circulated by Professor Ishaq Akintola, Director and Founder of the organization, on the evening of Wednesday, 11th September, 2019.


“We felicitate with President Muhammadu Buhari. It is a victory well-deserved. We dedicate this victory to the war against corruption. It is a victory for integrity, a victory for level-headedness and a triumph for democracy. We congratulate the Nigerian people for voting right. We commend the Nigerian proletariat for refusing to sell this country to the highest bidder.”   


MURIC also commended the judiciary and appealed to the opposition to accept the judgement in good faith.


“But above all, we salute the Nigerian judiciary for coming out boldly and loudly to proclaim victory for conscience. We pay tribute to the temple of justice for refusing to engage in trade by batter.


“As we raise the curtain, we appeal to the opposition candidate who lost at the tribunal as well as his party to bury the hatchet and allow the Federal Government to settle down. This is not only the wisest thing to do at this stage but also in the interest of our great country, Nigeria.”


Professor Ishaq Akintola,


Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)



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