President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in their final addresses at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal say that the petition by Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), lacks evidence and should consequently be dismissed.
Buhari through his lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), noted that Atiku and PDP’s petition was centred on conjecture and anchored on live conflicting and irreconcilable grounds.
Mr. Olanipekun further urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition because it was enveloped in confusion. According to him, the grounds of the petition suggested one thing, while the evidence led, both oral and the dumped documentary suggests something different.
The APC through its lawyer, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), noted that Atiku’s petition was doomed to fail as the materials attached to the petition are insufficient to sustain it.
“It is to be stated preliminarily that the instant election petition, as constituted from the outset, was doomed to fail as the averments and materials attached to the petition are grossly insufficient to sustain the petition apart from the incompetent grounds on which it was predicated,” APC final address to the Justice Garba Muhammadu-led PEPT read in part.
The APC lawyer noted that there are flaws in Atiku’s petition. For instance, the party says that the allegations of the petitioners (Atiku and PDP) were to a large extent not tied to the units and wards in each local government area of each of the eleven states under challenge in the petition.”
Atiku and PDP had vehemently rejected the outcome of the February 23 Presidential Election. According to Atiku, he was the winner of the poll, based on the result obtained for the central server of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
INEC had announced President Buhari as winner of the poll with over 3million votes. Atiku however alleges that he won with over 1.6million votes based on the server result.
The electoral commission had since denied the existence of any server, saying that election results were collated manually and not electronically.
The petitioners however brought witnesses (including individuals who worked for INEC in the general elections). The witnesses including INEC presiding officers alleged that they transmitted results to a server as instructed by INEC. Naija Buzz News published everything you need to know on the ongoing Atiku’s case against the victory of President Buhari at the Presidential Tribunal.
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.