Nineteen days after the declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of the February 23rd presidential election, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party has finally filed his petition against the victory of Buhari at the poll.
Atiku and the PDP are challenging the election of Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) on the grounds of alleged massive riggings, malpractices, and noncompliance substantially with the electoral laws.
In the petition filed this evening Atiku and the PDP are praying that they be declared winner of the February 23 presidential election.
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, have assembled a team 20 Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN) and 400 witnesses, just as they filed petitions challenging President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in the February 23 presidential election, at the Tribunal, yesterday.
While the National Legal Adviser for the PDP, Emmanuel Enoidem, spoke on behalf of the party after completing the filing process, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) spoke on behalf of Atiku’s legal team.
Enoidem expressed confidence that the party has all the necessary evidence that would overturn the result of the election.
“We came to present a joint petition of our party, the PDP and the candidate of our party.
“The last day for the petition was actually tomorrow but, we decided to file today (yesterday).
“We told the tribunal that our candidate, who won the election massively, across the country, be declared the winner of that election.
“In the alternative, we also asked the election be set aside on the grounds of irregularities which were very apparent accross the country.
As of 7.40pm on Monday, the last set of lawyers representing petitioners was just leaving the secretariat.
Enoidem, who said the petitioners would be represented by over 20 Senior Advocates of Nigeria, noted that the last day for the filing of the petition from the date the results of the election were announced was Tuesday.
The petitioners had 21 days from the date the final results of the presidential election were announced on February 27, 2019.
Enoidem said, “The last day for the petition was actually tomorrow (Tuesday)but we decided to file it today (Monday). We asked that our candidate who won the election massively across the country be declared the winner of that election.
“In the alternative, we also asked that the results be set aside on the grounds of irregularities which were very apparent across the country.
“We have a pool of 20 SANs, who are tested in election petitions matters, and other senior lawyers who are also working with them. So we are very ready for the petition. The petition is well packaged.
“The depositions are well put together. More than 400 witnesses are going to testify in this petition. Nigerians are at home with what happened on February in this country, the sham they called election.
“Of course, we are going to re-present the facts to Nigerians as the facts are already in the domains on Nigerians. We are not going to manufacture facts.”
While the order of the tribunal permitting the petitioners to have access to the electoral materials used for the conduct of the election had yet to be enforced, Enoidem said on Monday that his party and its candidates were able to beat the time in filing the petition.