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Atiku calls 18 witnesses out of 100 to prove fraud at presidential election

Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has called two additional witnesses to further prove his allegation of malpractice at the Feb. 25 election.

The two make a total of 18 witnesses called by Atiku out of 100 witnesses planned for the exercise.

Abubakar and his party filed their petitions against the election of President Bola Tinubu and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and INEC at the Presidential Election Petition Court sitting in Abuja.

They are challenging the outcome of the election on the ground that INEC, the electoral umpire, did not conduct the election in accordance with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2022.

During hearing, Abubakar’s counsel, Chris Uche (SAN) who led both witnesses in evidence prayed the court to discountenance objections by the respondents and admit the witnesses’ testimonies.

Earlier, counsel to INEC, Kemi Pinhero (SAN) and Akin Olujimi (SAN), counsel to President Bola Tinubu and Vice-President Kashim Shettima, had objected to the admission of the witnesses’ statements in evidence.

Presiding Justice Haruna Tsammani reserved ruling on the objections until the final judgment.

Justice Tsammani also adjourned further hearing in the petition till June 13.

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