Following the recently concluded Presidential election, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Robert Clarke, has revealed reasons why President Muhammadu Buhari’s vote from north can not be challenged in court.
He stated that the president has a good track record in the northern part of Nigeria and will enjoy the goodwill from the northern people.
While speaking on Channels TV he said, “Look at the presidential election, nobody can challenge the number of people who voted for President Buhari in the north because there is a track record.”
“In 2003, Buhari beat any other candidate in the north, in 2007 he beat any other candidate in the north, in 2011 he beat any other candidate in the north, (same in) 2015. So in 2019, if you look at his performance when you look at his performance, there is a footprint,”.
He stated that if he was Atiku Abubakar’s lawyer he would have advised him against challenging the results in court.
He stated that Atiku votes in five states in Southeast can’t contest with the President’s votes in two northern state.
“Let’s be honest. The criteria for challenging an election is three-fold. When you go to an election petition, you must first of all show that the election was riddled with malpractice.”
“After bringing out the malpractice, you must show that those malpractices affected the result declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).”
“If I were Atiku’s lawyer, I would have told him that it not easy to challenge an election that has given someone four million votes because when we look at the five states of the southeast, the totality of all the states is not up to half, two million votes of what Buhari (got) not to talk of four million,” Clarke added.