Case against Tinubu: I have 100 witnesses, Atiku tells Tribunal

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,  President candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the party on Saturday told the Presidential Election Petition Court, PEPC, that they have 100 witnesses to call in their petition  against the result announced for the February 25, presidential poll.
Atiku and PDP are challenging the declaration of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress, APC, by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, as winner of the poll.
They further argued that Tinubu’s election was invalid by reason of corrupt practices, insisting that he was not duly elected by majority of lawful votes cast at the election.
The petitioners maintained that the declaration of Tinubu as winner of the presidential election was “invalid by reason of non- compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2022”.
At the continued hearing in the matter on Saturday, the petitioners counsel,  Chris Uche, SAN, therefore demanded for three weeks to have his witnesses testify before the tribunal.
According to him, among those to testify in the matter for the petitioners include expert witnesses and those he would ask the court to compel to mount the witness box.
He added, “We may not even exhaust the three weeks because the issues are getting narrower.
Tinubu through his counsel said he would only need two days to deflate Atiku’s case.
He added that he would call 39 witnesses to testify before the court, not excluding other persons he may apply to be subpoenaed to appear before the court.
APC said it would also need two days to call 39 witnesses before the court.
INEC, through its lawyer, Abubakar Mahmood, SAN, told the court that it would only call two witnesses.

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