Supreme Court says Jonathan won April poll fair and square

The Supreme Court on Wednesday in Abuja affirmed the decision of the Court of Appeal upholding the victory of President Goodluck Jonathan at last April’s presidential election. In a unanimous decision, the apex court held that the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) failed to discharge the burden of proof placed upon it by the Electoral Act. The court said CPC failed to prove its allegation that the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) did not conduct the election according to the provisions of the law. It also held that the allegation of non-compliance as alleged by the appellant, the CPC, was not proven. But the flag bearer of the CPC at the poll, Major General Muhammadu Buhari, has rejected the ruling and said he was disappointed that the apex court failed to use its powers to address the challenge of electoral irregularities. Excited by the judgment, Jonathan in his reaction said he welcomed the court’s declaration of his candidature as the validly elected President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). The ruling People’s democratic Party described the unanimous judgment as a vindication that the election was credible.


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