A few days after the declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari, of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as the winner of the February 23, Presidential election, by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and his party, have finally filed a petition challenging Buhari’s re-election.
Atiku and his party are challenging Buhari’s re-election, on the grounds of alleged massive rigging, malpractices, and non-compliance substantially with the Electoral Laws.
In the filed petition, on Monday evening, the main part of the prayers was for Atiku to be declared as the winner of the February 23, Presidential election.
Also, they prayed alternatively, that the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal nullifies the poll, and orders for a fresh election that will be conducted in line with the provisions of the Electoral Laws.
Respondents in the suit are the All Progressives Congress, APC, Buhari, and INEC.
Although, a copy of the petition could not be obtained at the time of filing in this report, the PDP National Legal Adviser, Emmanuel Enoidem, confirmed to Journalists at the Court of Appeal, venue of the Tribunal, that the petition has been filled.
Enoidem said that the PDP and its Presidential Candidate, have already assembled a powerful Legal team, comprising of 20 Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SANs, and other retinue of Lawyers, who will establish the facts of the petition.
He also disclosed that over 400 witnesses have been assembled to testify during the hearing of the petition.
In collaboration, Mike Ozekhome, SAN, further affirmed that the petition was strong, solid, and unassailable.