- The presidential election petition tribunal sitting in Abuja would on Wednesday, September 11, deliver judgement in a suit filed by Atiku
- Atiku is challenging the declaration of Muhammadu Buhari as winner of the 2019 presidential election
- APC had on Tuesday, September 10, said that its candidate, President Buhari would carry the day
- But the camp of PDP's candidate, Atiku Abubakar, emphasised that the judgement would go in its favour
As the presidential election petition tribunal is set to deliver judgement in a suit filed by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, September 11, the camp of the former vice president is hopeful that judgement would go in its favour.
The Guardian reports that Paul Ibe, the spokesperson to Atiku, said on Tuesday, September 10, they were optimistic that the tribunal would deliver judgement in Atiku’s favour.
“We are hopeful of the judgement of the tribunal. It is not about Atiku or the PDP, it is about you and me, every Nigerian that we are hopeful Atiku will be declared winner,” he said.
Legit.ng gathered that Atiku is challenging the declaration of President Buhari as the winner of February 23 presidential election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
It would be recalled that the INEC chairman Mahmood Yakubu had said that President Buhari polled 15,191,847 votes to defeat Atiku, who polled 11,262,978 votes.
Atiku and the PDP, however, argued that the election was massively rigged, a development that led them to drag Buhari and the APC to tribunal.
Ibe also noted that, “Atiku and PDP are optimistic that the voice of the people is upheld.”
Atiku’s spokesperson, however, did not disclose his principal’s next line of action if the tribunal affirms Buhari’s victory at the presidential election.
It would also be recalled that during tribunal hearings, Atiku and the PDP contended with the election results that the data obtained from INEC’s server showed that they polled a total of 18,356,732 votes to defeat Buhari whom they said scored 16,741,430 votes.
The election umpire, however, said it had no server where the election results were transmitted during the February 23 presidential election.
They also alleged that Buhari lied on oath when he claimed that he had three certificates but could not produce even a photocopy to support his Form CF 001, submitted to INEC during clearance.
The petitioners had also alleged irregularities, including intimidation of electorate as well as alteration of election results during and after the election, respectively.
Atiku called 62 witnesses out of the 400 initially pencilled to buttress his claims while on the other hand, Buhari called six witnesses. But the INEC and the APC did not call any witness.
Counsel to INEC, Yunus Usman (SAN), told the tribunal that it was not necessary to call witnesses, having extracted useful information from evidence given by the petitioners’ witnesses.
Buhari’s lawyer, Wale Olanipekun (SAN), said that evidence cleared the doubt over his client’s certificate controversies.
“After all, no law stipulated presentation of certificates as a prerequisite for the qualification to contest election for the office of the president,” he told the tribunal.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the national publicity secretary of the APC, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, expressed the confidence on Tuesday, September 10, that the tribunal's judgement would be in Buhari's favour.
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