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The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal will deliver the final judgment on the 2019 Presidential election today, Wednesday, September 11, with President Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar anticipating victory.

This was disclosed by the spokesperson of the Court of Appeal, Sa’adatu Musa,  in a notice on Tuesday, September 10. Musa said the final judgment will be delivered by 9:00 am.

Naija News also reports that five judges from the Court of Appeal will deliver the final judgment on the 2019 Presidential election today, Wednesday.

Below is the complete list of judges to deliver the final judgment on the 2019 Presidential election.

Justice Mohammed Garba (Head of the panel)

Justice Abdul Aboki (Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal

Justice Joseph Ikyegh (Benin Division of the Court of Appeal)

Justice Samuel Oseji (Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal)

Justice Peter Ige (Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal).

Stick with Naija News for more updates from the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal.

Live Updates:

05:00 pm: The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) on Wednesday dismissed the petition of the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, challenging the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari.

03: 40 pm: The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) has said that there is no evidence that INEC electronically transmitted the results of the last presidential election to any server.

03: 20 pm: The PEPT stated that President Muhammadu Buhari was eminently qualified to contest the last presidential election.

02:30 pm: Tribunal delivers lead judgment.

Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Mohammed Garba, sets out what the law says about the qualification to participate in an election.

He said the law says a person can contest an election if he is a citizen who has attained 40 years and educated up to at least the school certification level and is a member of a political party.

01: 00 am The tribunal goes on a short break.

12: 55 am: The PEPT has struck out the argument by the All Progressives Congress (APC) that presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) Atiku Abubakar was not qualified to contest the last presidential election because he is allegedly not a Nigerian by birth.

In its 6th ruling on Wednesday, the court said its power does not include determining the qualification of a petitioner in an election dispute.

11:49 am: The tribunal also struck out the Preliminary Objection of President Buhari seeking to expunge the paragraph of the petition which questioned the qualifications of the president to contest the election.

11:46 am: The tribunal also dismissed the contention by President Muhammadu Buhari that Atiku Abubakar did not qualify to file the petition as such it should be dismissed.

The court held that having participated in the election Atiku is competence to file a petition.

11: 45 am: The tribunal strikes out Osita Chidoka’s testimony.

Mr Chidoka is the star witness for the petitioner, Atiku Abubakar.

10: 30 am: The tribunal unanimously dismisses INEC’s motion

9: 40 am: Prof. Taiwo Osipitan (SAN) announces appearance for Buhari’s legal team. He takes the place of Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), who is absent at the proceedings.

9:36 am The parties take appearances after which the chairman of the tribunal will deliver the ruling.

9:29 am The panel of the tribunal arrived for the final time in this petition.

The five-man panel include the Chairman, Justice Mohammed Garba. Others include Justice Peter Olabisi-Ige, Justice Abdul Aboki, Justice Joseph Ikyegh and Justice Samuel Oseji.

The panel is led by Justice Mohammed Garba.

9:09 am: Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus arrives in the courtroom. He also went around and exchanged pleasantries with lawyers defending the PDP in the petition.

8:46 am: Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong arrives the courtroom.

8:23 am: The Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari who was also a witness for the president at the tribunal arrives the courtroom.