The counsel for the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar and the party, PDP, Eyitayo Jegede, has tendered all exhibits to prove their case against President Bola Tinubu.
The exhibits were tendered when the Presidential Election Petitions Court reconvened after a week on Tuesday to begin the definite hearing in the petitions by Atiku and Labour Party’s Peter Obi, challenging Tinubu’s victory in the February 25 election.
Tinubu, the standard bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was declared the winner of the February 25 election after scoring 8,794,726 votes.
Aggrieved by the outcome, PDP and Atiku approached the tribunal challenging Tinubu’s victory on several grounds.
Among several issues raised, the petitioners alleged that Tinubu “was not duly elected by the majority of lawful votes cast at the election”
They also alleged that the president “was at the time of the election, not qualified to contest”.
The petitioners further alleged inconsistencies in Tinubu’s age and school certificates.
At the commencement of the hearing on Tuesday, Atiku tendered his first set of exhibits before the court through one of his lawyers, Eyitayo Jegede.
Atiku’s exhibits include the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Certified True Copies of declaration of results, summary of results, print out of Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) report for each polling units in the 36 states, number of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) collected in all the states including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The court also adjourned hearing of the petition of the Allied People’s Movement to June 2 to give them time to look into the Certified True Copy of the Supreme Court judgement of May 26 on the controversy surrounding the double nomination of Vice President Kashim Shettima, and see how it affects their petition.
The Labour Party and Obi have opened their petition against Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC), and INEC, by calling one witness out of the 50 proposed.
All the respondents in the matter told the court that they would reserve their objections to any of the documents, till their final written address.