“Mahmood Has A Good Reason For Declaring Tinubu Winner”– Femi Falana

Femi Falana, a legal expert and human rights campaigner, said that Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria, is on par with the rest of the country. Continue Reading>>>

Despite being considered a 37th state, the FCT is equal to the other states in Nigeria, according to the Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

Falana cited Section 134 of the 1999 Constitution when he said he would not comment on the legal matter before the court. According to him,”I did state that there is no electoral college in Nigeria, all votes cast or recorded in Nigeria are equal.” In accordance with Section 134 of the Constitution, a candidate for president must fulfill certain criteria. Falana asserts that the first consideration is if a candidate won a majority of legitimate votes, and the second is whether he or she has the support of the majority of states and the Federal Capital Territory.Continue Reading>>>

 

“I didn’t believe I could say anything controversial when I voiced my opinion because “the FCT has been interpreted to be a 37th state in Nigeria for the purposes of the constitution.”

You may recall that on March 1, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) proclaimed Tinubu, the APC’s candidate in the February 25 presidential election, the victor.

Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of INEC, reported that Tinubu received 8,794,726 votes, Atiku obtained 6,984,520 votes, and Obi came in third with 6,101,533 votes.

 

Tinubu was declared the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission despite obtaining only about 19% of the votes polled in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

In order to be declared the winner, the APC presidential candidate in Nigeria only needed to garner more than 25% of the vote in the Federal Capital Territory, according to the election umpire.

 

In its announcement of Tinubu’s victory, INEC noted that he “has satisfied the constitutional requirement to be declared winner of the presidential election,” eliminating the need for the Federal Capital Territory to have 25% of the votes cast in order to declare Tinubu the winner.

 

According to INEC, declaring Tinubu the winner and returning him to office “was not wrongful” because he received more than 25% of valid votes cast in 29 states, which is the threshold needed to declare a winner under the Constitution.

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) claims that the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja, Nigeria, has been granted statehood and “should” be able to hold elections.

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