Presidential election tribunal adjourns for judgment

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Atiku didn’t deny his non-Nigerian status – Buhari

A worthless petition – INEC

THE Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) sitting in Abuja, has adjourned for judgement in its proceeding on the petition filed by People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its flag bearer in the February 23 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar challenging President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory.

The Justice Mohammed Garba-led five-man tribunal made the order for adjournment yesterday, after all parties in the petition adopted their final addresses, directing them to wait for a date that will be communicated to them in due course.

It will be recalled that PDP and Atiku had on March 8, petitioned the tribunal against President Buhari and All Progressives Congress (APC), as well as Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), challenging the result.

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About 62 witnesses were called in evidence by both petitioners and respondents to prove their respective cases.

However, APC and President Buhari yesterday told the tribunal that Atiku Abubakar has not denied their claim that he is not a Nigerian by birth. Making their final submissions before the tribunal, APC and Buhari therefore prayed the court to dismiss the petition filed by Atiku and PDP against the results of the 2019 presidential election.

Similarly, INEC urged the tribunal to dismiss Atiku’s petition because it is worthless.

According to Counsel to the electoral umpire, Yunusa Usman (SAN), it transmitted results electronically and did not abandon its pleadings by not calling witnesses.

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“This is a worthless petition. INEC did not abandon its pleadings. It only extracted salient evidence from their (petitioners) witnesses,” Usman said.

 

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