In separate objections, President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), have asked the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) to cancel over 28,000 Presidential Election result sheets submitted as exhibits by Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The results were for the February 23, 2019 Presidential Poll held in 10 states (Yobe (1,732 result sheets), Kebbi (2,106), Borno (3,472), Kano (5,806), Bauchi (3,599), Katsina (3,378), Jigawa (3,162), Kaduna (3,335A), Zamfara (eight) and Niger (1,797)).
The results are certified true copies of polling units, wards, local governments, and state result sheets.
Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), APC’s lawyer, says that the documents should be cancelled because they were allegedly wrongly admitted in evidence when they are legally inadmissible.
According to the APC through its lawyer, some of the exhibits are documentary hearsay documents (without facts). He noted that they shouldn’t have been admitted in the first place by the court.
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Buhari and APC also asked the PEPT to reject the testimonies of 40, 59 and 60 witnesses, who were Segun Showunmi, Atiku’s campaign spokesman; David Njorga, a Kenyan who was Atiku’s expert witness; and Joseph Gbenga, a data analyst; respectively.
President Buhari in his own address through his lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), alleges that the petitioners testimonies violates the March 6, 2019 order of the PEPT, which dismissed the petitioners request for access to an alleged INEC server (a server INEC had vehemently denied its existence).
Olanipekun noted that the testimonies of the witnesses were an abuse of court process.
The defendants also asked the Justice Garba Mohammed-led PEPT to dismiss documents submitted by Atiku which included the Certified True Copies of Form CF001, which are Buhari’s personal particulars, submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC); newspaper reports; and other INEC documents.
After the petitioners (Atiku and PDP) and the respondents (Buhari, APC, and INEC) closed their cases, the PEPT had fixed August 21 for the parties to present their closing addresses.
Atiku and his party, PDP, had vehemently rejected the outcome of the Presidential Poll. According to the petitioners, Atiku won the election with over 1.6million votes to defeat President Buhari.
The former vice president alleges that he obtained the original result from the central server of the electoral umpire.
INEC however announced Buhari as winner of the poll with over 3million votes.
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