Saturday, May 20, 2023


Atiku Abubakar, a former Vice President and the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has requested a three-week period to present 100 witnesses in his case against President-elect Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. Atiku and the PDP appeared before the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) in Abuja, where his legal team, led by Chief Chris Uche, SAN, revealed their plan to call expert witnesses and individuals they would ask the court to compel to testify.

Atiku's lawyer, Uche SAN, expressed confidence that they might not need the full three weeks as the issues at hand were becoming more focused. Tinubu's lead counsel, Mr Roland Otaro, SAN, stated that they intended to call 39 witnesses, with the possibility of subpoenaing additional individuals to testify. Similarly, the All Progressives Congress (APC) represented by Mr Solomon Umoh, SAN, requested two days to present 39 witnesses.

Atiku and the PDP jointly filed a petition (marked: CA/PEPC/05/2023) before the court, seeking, among other things, the withdrawal of the Certificate of Return issued to Tinubu by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The petitioners argued that Tinubu's declaration as the winner of the presidential election was invalid due to non-compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2022. They also alleged corrupt practices and maintained that Tinubu did not secure a majority of lawful votes cast at the election.

In addition to these requests, Atiku prayed for a declaration by the court that he should be declared the winner of the presidential election, as he had obtained the second-highest number of lawful votes cast.

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