The presidential candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party,(PDP) Atiku Abubakar and the PDP and the on Monday formally filed petitions challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 23 presidential election at Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal.
Addressing newsmen in Abuja after completion of the filling process, PDP’s Legal adviser,Emmanuel Enoidem said they are asking the Tribunal to declare Atiku Abubakar winner of the February 23 poll.
“We are here to present our joint petition for our party, the PDP, and candidate our party.
”The last day for the petition was actually tomorrow, but we decided to file today.
“We asked 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 that it should 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 petition 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 and more than 400 witnesses are going to testify in this petition.
“Nigerians are at home with what happened on February 23 in this country – the sham they called election.
“Of course, we are going to re-present the facts to Nigerian as the facts are already in the domain of Nigerians. We are not going to manufacture facts” he said.
Mr. Mike Ozekhome (SAN) who spoke on behalf of the Atiku’s legal team said the petition was solid and unassailable. He expressed confident that Atiku will retrieve his mandate from the Tribunal.
Ozekhome also decried the lack of cooperation from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in granting access to Atiku and the PDP to inspect electoral materials in compliance to the Tribunal’s ruling on March 6.
Justice Abdul Aboki who led a three-man panel ruled that by virtue of the provision of Section 151 of the Electoral Act, the petitioners be granted access to inspect electoral materials and the certified true copies of all the materials used for the poll.
Justice Aboki however, declined to grant Atiku and PDP’s requests to have access to card reader data and information contained in the cloud and electronic storage used for the poll.