Another shocking report has emerged, showing how the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, defeated Presidential Muhammadu Buhari, of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the last concluded Presidential elections.
PDP’s petition which sought to rely on 50 sets of documents, was filed before the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, in Abuja, against the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Buhari, and the APC, as the first to the third respondents, respectively.
Recall, that INEC had on February 27, 2019, declared that Buhari won the election with 15,191,847 votes, to defeat Atiku, whom it said polled 11,262,978 votes.
However, the PDP stated in their 139-page petition, that “from the data in the 1st respondent’s, INEC’s, server, the true, actual and correct results” from State to State computation, showed that Atiku polled a total of 18,356,732 votes, to defeat Buhari, whom they said scored 16,741,430 votes.
The party said that the results were the total votes scored by the Candidates in 35 States, and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, as there was “no report on sever” about the results from Rivers State, as at February 25, 2019.
By this, Atiku claims to have defeated Buhari with 1,615,302 votes.
The names of 21 Senior Advocates of Nigeria, SANs, and 18 other Lawyers, appeared on the petition by the PDP and Atiku; and the Legal Team is led by Mr. Livy Uzoukwu, SAN.
The opposition party sought among their five main prayers, that the Tribunal should determine that Buhari “was not duly elected by a majority of lawful votes cast in the said election”, and therefore, his declaration and return by INEC “as the President of Nigeria, is unlawful, undue, null, void and of no effect”.
The PDP also prayed that Atiku having been “duly and validly elected”, ought to be “returned as President of Nigeria, having polled the highest number of lawful votes cast at the election to the Office of the President of Nigeria, which held on February 23, 2019, and having satisfied the constitutional requirements for the said election.
The party sought “an order directing the 1st respondent, INEC, to issue a Certificate of Return to the 1st petitioner, Atiku, as the duly elected President of Nigeria”.
It also asked the Tribunal to rule that Buhari “was at the time of the election, not qualified to contest the said election”, and that he “submitted to the Commission, an affidavit containing false information of a fundamental nature, in aid of his qualification for the said election”.
However, they sought as their alternative prayer, “that the election to the Office of the President of Nigeria, held on February 23, 2019, be nullified and a fresh election ordered.”
The PDP is relying on 50 sets of documents, which they, in the petition, gave INEC the notice to produce the original copies of those in its custody.
Some of the documents are: “INEC Nomination Form CF001 of the 2nd respondent (Buhari), all INEC result sheets, (Form EC8 Series), EC8A, EC8B, EC8C, EC8D and EC8E – Certificate of Return; PDP Party Membership Cards, INEC Voter Cards, all witnesses’ party membership cards, and all Witnesses’ Voter Cards.”
It also sought to rely on, “the circulars/corrigenda/manuals issued by INEC for the conduct of the Presidential Election, held on 23/2/2019; polling unit materials checklist; summary of total registered voters on units’ basis; summary of PVCs collected on units’ basis; Voter Registers and letters of complaints over irregularities and malpractices during the election, addressed to the INEC/Police/other relevant Agencies/Institutions.”
The party also sought to rely on “security reports relating to the election, video/audio recordings/DVD/CD relating to the Election; Election Observers’ or Observers’ Reports; Newspaper/Television/ Radio reports and news; appointment letters and tags of PDP Agents; expert reports and analysis; and photographs and GSM and other phone outputs.”