By CrossRiverWatch Admin

The electoral body, INEC, had declared Mr Buhari the winner of the election with 15,191,847 votes, and Abubakar as the first runner-up polled 11,262,978 votes.

Mr Abubakar, however, alleged widespread election malpractice and that he defeated Mr Bubari with over a million votes. Mr Atiku’s petition against the incumbent was premised on five grounds including the allegation that Mr Buhari was not educationally qualified to contest the elections.

On September 11, the tribunal dismissed Mr Abubakar’s petition after deciding that he failed to prove his case in all the grounds upon which the petition was brought.

When he appeared before the Supreme Court, his case was also thrown out the first day of hearing by a panel presided by Mr Tanko.

The apex court said Mr Abubakar ought to have presented at least 250,000 witnesses to prove his case, ”rather than the 62 witnesses he presented at the tribunal”.

Sowore, Dasuki

Mr Sowore was released hours later, alongside Mr Dasuki who had been held by the government for four years, since December 2015 on allegations he diverted $2.1 billion meant for the war against terror while he served as NSA.


 Abdulrasheed Maina

Also in October, the Nigerian government, through the EFCC began the prosecution of former pension Boss, Abdulrasheed Maina for his alleged involvement in the diversion of N100 billion pension fund.

Mr Maina had disappeared in 2012 after he was declared wanted by police for allegedly diverting the money while he served as the head of the pension reform task team.

Mr Maina was in 2013 dismissed by the Federal Civil Service Commission following a recommendation by the Office of the Head of Service.

On July 21, 2015, Mr Maina was taken to court with a former head of service, Stephen Oronsaye, and other accused persons by the EFCC on 24 charges for the alleged diversion.

While Mr Oronsaye and the two others involved in the case appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to the charges, Mr Maina remained at large.

In 2017, Mr Maina was briefly reinstated in a set of events that sparked off widespread criticism of the Buhari administration.

The government revoked the appointment while Mr Maina remained wanted till he was apprehended and charged to court in a separate trial by the Commission, last October.

Mr Maina’s son, Faisal, is also being prosecuted in a separate trial by the Federal High court for his involvement in the alleged diversion.


In September, the Nigerian Government began the trial of suspects involved in the controversial contract between the country and Irish firm, Process and Industrial Company (P&ID).

The trials were initiated by the EFCC following its investigations into the controversial contract which resulted in a $6.6 billion arbitration award against Nigeria in 2013.

The contract for gas supply and processing (GSPA) was signed by the administration of late President Umaru Yar’Adua and P&ID.

The company was to build gas processing facilities around Calabar, Cross River State, and the government was to supply wet gas up to 400 million standard cubic feet per day.

Premium Times reported how the agreement was designed to fail as key elements necessary for its success were missing.

The arbitration award of $6.6 billion, rejected by the government, grew to $8.9 billion with an additional $2.3 billion in accumulated interest at 7 per cent rate per annum following Nigerian government’s refusal to enter an appeal for over five years.

As part of measures to push forth its objection against the trial, the Nigerian government in September 2019 arraigned a former Director, Legal Services, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Grace Taiga, and two others in separate trials related to the contract in Nigerian courts.

The two others: Muhammad Kuchazi: a commercial director of P&ID, and Adamu Usman, a director of the company in Nigeria, pleaded guilty to the 11 counts of fraudulent involvement in the contract and were directed to forfeit the assets of the agencies they represented.

On September 29, the Nigerian government secured a stay of execution, preventing the implementation of the judgment.

The judge, however, ordered Nigeria to deposit $200 million in the court’s account within 60 days pending its appeal.