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Presidential elections: CPC, PDP set for unprecedented legal battle

By IWPR Nigeria

One is the loser; the other is the winner.

But both are challenging each other’s result in the April 16 presidential elections.

This is the unfolding scenario before the Nigerian Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.

Presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Muhammadu Buhari has requested the tribunal to order fresh elections between him and President Goodluck Jonathan. INEC declared Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) winner of the election after scoring a majority vote of 22 million.

Buhari based his demand on alleged substantial irregularities in at least twenty four states during the elections. Buhari asked the tribunal to cancel the result in the concerned states.

But the PDP has also challenged Buhari’s result in the north. PDP said it will to prove that half of Buhari’s 12 million votes were obtained through illegal means including under-age voting.

The legal fireworks are commencing early as the court’s verdict is expected before swearing in on May 29.