By Ayo Kehinde
Ex VP Atiku Abubakar and President Muhammadu Buhari
Atiku Abubakar, Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic and his party, the PDP on has tendered a total of 26,175 exhibits against the February 23, 2019 election that produced Muhammadu Buhari as President and in support of his petition seeking nullification of the election on grounds of fraud, election malpractices and non qualification of Buhari to stand for the poll.
The documents were tendered through his lead counsel, Dr. Livy Uzoukwu (SAN) at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting at the Court of Appeal, Abuja.
Atiku had, on Thursday, kick-started hearing of his petition before Justice Mohammed Lawal Garba led tribunal when he tendered a total of 5,196 documents as part of efforts to establish fraud and malpractices in the February 23 election that produced Buhari.
The eight states where the documents emanated from are Katsina, Kebbi, Borno, Jigawa, Gombe, Bauchi, Kaduna and partly Kano.
The breakdown of the documents indicated that 3,378 came from Katsina; 2,106 came from Kebbi; 3,472 from Borno; 3,162 from Jigawa; 1,912 from Gombe; 3,539 from Bauchi; 3,335 from Kaduna and 5,271 came from Kano.
Counsel to INEC, Yunus Ustaz Usman, that of Buhari, Mike Igbokwe (SAN) and that of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Charles Edosomwan (SAN) objected to the admissibility of the documents but however informed the tribunal that reasons for their objections would be made at the address stage of hearing in the Petition.
Uzoukwu, Atiku’s lawyer told the tribunal that his team will begin to call witnesses at the end of tendering of documents by the team.
At the resumed hearing on Tuesday, electoral officers who testified before and during cross-examinations stated that there was a server to which the INEC asked them to transmit results.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the ruling APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and National Publicity Secretary of the opposition PDP, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, appeared respectively for their parties on Tuesday.