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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.

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The lead judge of the five-man panel, Justice Haruna Tsammani declared this during the tribunal’s sitting on Wednesday in Abuja.

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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.

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The tribunal said the petitioners’ interpretation of Section 134(2)(b) of the 1999 constitution is “completely fallacious, if not outrightly ridiculous.”

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