25% requirement: FCT not special than other states – Presidential Tribunal
The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal has declared that the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) does not hold a higher status than any other states in the country.
The lead judge of the five-man panel, Justice Haruna Tsammani declared this during the tribunal’s sitting on Wednesday in Abuja.
According to him, Section 134 (1) and (2) of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria (as amended) stipulates that a presidential candidate must attain or score a majority of votes cast in a presidential election, where two or more candidates are involved, and at least 25% in two-thirds of the 36 States and FCT to meet the constitutional requirement to be declared as duly elected as President of Nigeria.
The tribunal said the petitioners’ interpretation of Section 134(2)(b) of the 1999 constitution is “completely fallacious, if not outrightly ridiculous.”