BREAKING:25% in Abuja is Mandatory – INEC Lawyer

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The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC today at the presidential election court sitting in Abuja, the nation’s capital argued that for a candidate to be declared as president-elect, the candidate must score at least 25% of the votes cast in the Federal Capital Territory.

INEC made this known through their lawyer while cross-examining a PDP witness at the tribunal on Monday Afternoon.

While cross examining the witness, INEC lawyers had asked, Do you realise Atiku didn’t get 25% in the FCT? The witness responded Yes.

INEC lawyers asked further, Since he didn’t get 25% in the FCT, do you know he can’t be declared president? The witnessed responded, But Tinubu didn’t get 25% too & you people declared him President.

Section 134(2)(b) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) is clear and unambiguous, direct and simple. It states that a candidate must secure 1/4th (25%) of votes cast in 2/3rd of the entire 36 States of Nigeria “And” 1/4th (25%) of votes cast in FCT. Both the Candidates of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar and Bola Tinubu of the APC did not meet this constitutional requirement.


It now left for the nation’s judiciary to interpret this contentious section of the constitution as both the PDP and LP challenge the election victory of the APC at the presidential Election Court sitting in Abuja.

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