The Presidential Election Petition Court has reserved judgement in the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, against the February 25 election victory of President Bola Tinubu of the All-Progressives Congress (APC).

In their final arguments, counsel for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Abubakar Mahmoud, said it would amount to absurdity for the Tribunal to accept the argument of Atiku that one must secure 25% votes in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to emerge winner of a presidential election.

However, Atiku’s counsel, Chris Uche, contended that INEC transmitted results in the National Assembly election but deliberately created a loophole for manipulation in presidential poll.

The petitioners — PDP and Atiku as well as Labour Party (LP) and its flag bearer, Peter Obi — are praying for the nullification of Tinubu’s victory in the February 25 poll.

The five-man panel led by Justice Haruna Tsammani, reserved judgement to a date that will be communicated to the parties.

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