The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Candidate at the just concluded general elections, Atiku Abubakar has asked the Electoral Tribunal to declare him winner of the Presidential election.
Atiku Abubakar has met the 21 days deadline provided by the Electoral Act, and has assembled over 20 senior lawyers who stormed the tribunal to lodge a petition against President Muhammadu Buhari. Atiku in the petition is praying the tribunal to sack Buhari and declare him (Atiku) winner of the poll.
The tribunal must deliver its judgment in writing within 180 days from the date the petition was filed. At press time, Atiku’s team of lawyers led by Mr. Chukwuma Ume, SAN, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, and Mr. Emeka Etiaba, SAN, were perfecting the filing process at the Central Registry of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, PEPT, Abuja. The tribunal will be conducting its proceedings at the Court of Appeal headquarters in Abuja. Though Atiku had yet to arrive at the tribunal where he is expected to personally depose to an affidavit, however, some chieftains of PDP, including its spokesman, Mr. Kola Ologbodiyan, and Alhaji Buba Galadima, accompanied the lawyers to the tribunal. Addressing newsmen, National Legal Adviser of PDP, Mr. Emmanuel Enoidem, on the reliefs sought by Atiku and PDP, said: “We asked that our candidate, who won the election massively across the country be declared the winner. In the alternative, we also asked that the election be set aside on the ground of irregularity which was apparent across the country.
Atiku had asked for forensic inspection of the electoral materials but the Tribunal rejected the idea on the grounds of lack of adequate law. Meanwhile, the PDP has decried INEC’s continued disobedience of court order mandating the Electoral body to grant Atiku’s lawyer access to inspect voting materials.