Atiku Submits Final Written Address Before Tribunal
The 2019 presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has maintained his claim that President Muhammadu Buhari was not duly elected in the last presidential election in the country.
Atiku and his team also insisted that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), transmitted the results of the election to a central server.
These are part of Atiku and PDP’s submission before the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in their final written address submitted to the tribunal.
Naija News reports Atiku and his team who are the petitioners in the case are alleging cases of malpractice and non-compliance with the Electoral Act in the results of 11 focal states in the 2019 presidential election.
They submitted that the decision by INEC not to call any witness during the tribunal’s sittings can be equated to an admission of all the allegations raised by the petitioners.
The petitioners, in the written address, raised five issues for determinations and urged the court to uphold their petition.
“The summary of the Petitioners’ case on the pleadings in respect of the non-qualification of the 2nd respondent is in paragraphs 388 to 405 of the Petition. The case is that the 2nd respondent did not possess the certificates relating to the qualifications, which he claimed in his Form CF001.
“The 2nd respondent had listed his educational credentials in proof of his qualification to contest the election in the said form, which he then submitted to the 1st respondent. The qualifications claimed by the 2nd respondent were (a) First School Leaving Certificate; (b) West African School Certificate (WASC); and (c) Officer Cadet (whatever that means). None of the alleged certificates was attached to Exhibit P1.
“The Petitioners submit that the 2nd respondent was not qualified to contest the presidential election because the 2nd respondent failed to satisfy the mandatory requirements of Section 131 (d) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.”
Download the full final written address submitted by Atiku and the PDP before the presidential election tribunal here.