Nigerians have berated Justice Mohammed Garba over his final judgment, as the head of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal on the 2019 presidential election.
Naija News had reported earlier that the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) on Wednesday dismissed the petition of the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
Delivering judgment, Justice Mohammed Garba, who led a five-man panel of justices, said: “This petition is accordingly, and hereby dismissed in its entirety.
“In the final result, and I have come to the conclusion which is inevitable and unavoidable, that the petitioners have not proved any of the grounds of the petition in paragraph 15 of the petition.
“This petition is accordingly and hereby dismissed in its entirety.”
Naija News recalls that PDP, Nigeria’s main opposition party, rejected the verdict of the tribunal and asked its lawyers to file an appeal at the supreme court.
Apparently displeased with the judgment, Nigerians took to the micro-blogging site, Twitter to berate the tribunal judge.
Naija News captured some of the reactions below…
Justice Garba Mohammed just told Nigerians that you do not need certificate to become President! They have legalized illegality in this country.
Guy is a huge shame
— Youths For Atiku (@YouthsForAtiku) September 11, 2019
Today's judgement is the worst I have seen in my entire life. A clear ABC case was openly subverted. Imagine how justice M. Garba interpreted section 52(2) of the EA 2010. That in his own opinion, d section doesn't empower @inecnigeria to do anything electronically.
OH my God! pic.twitter.com/riMhZvOCZc
— Dr El Mo Atiku Abubakar (@DrEl_Mo_Atiku) September 11, 2019
Justice Garba just said that presenting certificates isn't necessary, just swear an affidavit that you have one ?#Technicality 101 ?
I am On my Way to High Court To swear Affidavit that I have MSC & PHD in Finance from OAU ?
Nah our Judiciary talk am oo
— Arakunrin_Ayomitunde❣❣?❤ (@Hon_Duke) September 11, 2019
Although not entirely surprised @ today’s verdict against Akitu, it’s interesting to note it’s coincidence with the US 9/11 attacks. It MUST also go down in our history that it was the day Justice Garba Mohammed & d PET compromisingly destroyed the and judicial fabric of Nigeria! https://t.co/cNgFuZ7cvV
— Austyn (@dkomon) September 11, 2019
Justice Garba (JG)— who are you old man?
Old man—— I’m Buhari classmate in G. Kastina
JG——— how old are you?
Old man —- 77yrs
GJ—- Ohhh old man cannot LIE.
GJ—- case dismissed?
Joke of the century!
9hrs of exercise in futility. Who need that much to say the truth? JG https://t.co/gexef0Vg4I
— Bamisebi Samson (@sbamisebi) September 11, 2019
You don’t need a certificate to contest for a position…
– Justice Garba –
Like what the actual hell!
Nigeria matter don tire me i want to leave that country.
— ?? ??? (@ik_parry) September 11, 2019
Buhari has WAEC – Justice Garba
Buhari does not have the certificate neither does the Examination Council has his record – #shame
— Ap. Stanley Campbell (@apostlecampbell) September 11, 2019
So sad on the judgement passed today by Justice M. Garba and his team against PDP & its candidate Atiku. Nigeria is gone, its a pity
— @Okos (@Okos69188694) September 11, 2019
This is my conscience speaking, how will Justice Garba Mohammed sleep tonight?
— Ambassador for Good Governance (@vicbrown212) September 11, 2019
If the 2nd Respondent has not presented his Secondary school certificate to the Army during his commission, where did the Army get it's academic qualifications quoted in form 199 by the Army?
-Justice Mohammed Garba pic.twitter.com/k8ob9hs0rn
— Adamu Danlami Wakili (@adwakili) September 11, 2019
— Desmond (@yourdaddyfriend) September 11, 2019
Nigerians should take note of these names.
Justice Mohammed Garba
Justice Abdul Aboki
Justice Peter Ige
Justice Joseph Ikyegh
Justice Samuel Oseji
They are the five man panel of PEPT. They connived with the executive to rape Nigerians of our democracy 11/9/19
— Truthfully (@Truthfully83) September 12, 2019
Justice Garba just said that presenting certificates isn't necessary, just swear an affidavit that you have one ?#AtikuBusted Again?
I am On my Way to High Court To swear Affidavit that I have MSC & PHD in Micro. from OAU ??
Nah our Judiciary talk am oo
— ÒGBÉNI_BAMBAM?? (@OGBENI_BAMBAM) September 11, 2019