A former Head of State and presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the 2015 election, Muhammadu Buhari, has said he is confident of defeating President Goodluck Jonathan of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, if INEC conducts free, fair andcredible elections. He also stated that he is qualified to contest the election and urged those calling on him to step down due to his age, to go ahead and vote for whoever they consider to belong to the younger generation, arguing that the Constitution and Electoral Act did not put an age limit for anybody seeking elective office.
“For example, look at what happened in the Supreme Court in 2007. There were three justices of the Supreme Court who presided over the appeal from the Court of Appeal. And the justices, three of them, said there should be another election because the election was not conducted according to law. Three justices said well, there were flaws in the election, but all the same, the ruling party has won. And then, the Chief Justice, decided to cast his vote with the three justices that said that yes, there were flaws, but all the same, the ruling party could have won. So, if the Supreme Court justices can be split, that means the election was controversial. “We gave the evidence and the decision of the three justices that annulled the election arose from the facts. We collated them from the field and got them. That shows the contradiction with the Electoral Act. And that was why they annulled the election. The justices were led by retired Justice Oguntande; himself and the previous Chief Justice, Muktar, and one justice from Delta State,” Buhari said.