The 2023 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has presented 118 exhibits before the five-member panel of the Presidential Election Petition Court in his case against President Bola Tinubu.
Atiku and the PDP approached the tribunal to challenge the Independent National Electoral Commission’s declaration of Tinubu, who contested under the All Progressives Congress, as the winner of the February 25 election. Tinubu emerged as the winner of the election with 8,794,726 votes.
Atiku and the PDP, in their claims against Tinubu, stated that the president was “not duly elected by the majority of lawful votes cast at the election.”
They also alleged that the president “was, at the time of the election, not qualified to contest”.
Eyitayo Jegede, one of Atiku’s lawyers, presented the court with his first set of exhibits at the commencement of the hearing on Tuesday.
Some of the exhibits tendered in evidence included certified copies of the results of the presidential election from the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.
Other exhibits include printouts of data obtained from the bimodal voter accreditation system and records of the number of permanent voter cards used for the election across the 36 states and the FCT. All exhibits tendered were admitted as evidence.
Respondents in the case reserved their objections to any of the documents, until their final written address.
No witnesses were called by the petitioners during the hearing.