PDP, Atiku Gather over 400 witnesses against Buhari’s victory

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The PDP’s presidential candidate for the 2019 presidential election “Atiku Abubakar” told the public on Monday that he has assembled more than 400 witnesses to testify at the presidential Election petitions Tribunal where President Buhari and the APC Congress’ victory at the polls will be questioned.

Mr Emmanuel Enoidem, the National legal adviser of the PDP spoke for them in the Court of Appeal’s premises in Abuja, which was the venue of the tribunal where their petition was filed on Monday.

After the joint petition and filing at the tribunal’s secretariat, Eniodem then spoke to the journalists

The last set of lawyers representing petitioners were just leaving the secretariat around 7:40pm on Monday

Enoidem who stated that over 20 Senior Advocates of Nigeria will represent the petitioners, noted that the last day for filing of the petitions from the date the election results were announced was Tuesday. The petitioners also had three weeks (21 days) from the date the final presidential election results were announced on 27th February 2019.

Enoidem said: “The last day for the petition was actually tomorrow (Tuesday) but we decided to file it today (Monday). We asked that our candidate who won the election massively across the country be declared the winner of that election .

“In the alternative , we also asked that the results be set aside on the grounds of irregularities which were very apparent across the country.

“We have a pool of 20 SANs , who are tested in election petitions matters, and other senior lawyers who are also working with them. So we are very ready for the petition . The petition is well packaged .

“The depositions are well put together . More than 400 witnesses are going to testify in this petition . Nigerians are at home with what happened on February in this country , the sham they called election .

“Of course, we are going to re – present the facts to Nigerians as the facts are already in the domains on Nigerians . We are not going to manufacture facts.”

Although, the order of the tribunal giving petitioners access to the electoral materials used for the conduct of the election is not yet enforced, Enoidem, on Monday said that his party and its candidates were able to beat the time in filing the petition .

Also, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), who is a member of the legal team of the petitioners, said the petition was “strong, solid and unassailable.”

He said with just one day to the deadline for filing of the petition, the late filing was as a result of lack of cooperation from the Independent National Electoral Commission in getting access to the electoral materials .

He said: “We have up to tomorrow ( Tuesday ) , to file but we have been having some challenges from INEC itself in terms of assessing materials used during the elections . But I believe we will get there .

“Our petition is quite solid, strong unassailable and we believe that by the grace of God the true keeper and owner of the mandate will have his mandate given to him.”

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