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by Victor Ndubuisi

The contentious question of whether a candidate for Nigeria’s presidency must receive 25% of the vote in Abuja in order to be proclaimed the victor was taken up by the Supreme Court on Thursday.

However, the supreme court stated in its decision that a presidential contender does not require a quarter of the vote in Abuja to win.

The Court of Appeal’s ruling that a presidential contender does not need to win 25 percent of the vote in Abuja if he has already won one-quarter of the state’s votes satisfied the Supreme Court.

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The ruling was rendered by the highest court in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) nominee Atiku Abubakar’s appeal challenging President Bola Tinubu’s victory at the February 25 elections and his affirmation by the Presidential Election Petition Court.


The court decided against the appellants after concluding that the necessity to secure 25% of the property in Abuja was without merit.


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