The Supreme Court has ruled that the outcome of the presidential election was unaffected by the Independent National Electoral Commission’s failure to post the election results on the INEC Result Viewing Portal.
Reading the lead judgment on Thursday, Justice John Okoro said, “When IReV fails, it does not stop the collation of the results. It deprives people of viewing results. The nonfunction will affect the trust of the electorates in the election.
“Unavailability of IReV cannot be a ground for the election to be nullified.
“The failure did not affect the outcome of the election. The issue is resolved against the appellants.”
Also, the Supreme Court has agreed with the Court of Appeal that the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, is like other states.
Okoro asked, “Are you saying if someone scores 25% votes in 30 states but not in Abuja, he should not be president? Is that how you interpret the law?
“That is not the law. Supreme Court agrees with the Court of Appeal,” he added.