Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Monday submitted his petition challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the February 23 poll.
Atiku assembled 20 Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and over 400 witnesses to testify at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal.
Atiku’s petition came just a day before the expiration of the 21 days given by law to challenge the election result.
In a statement issued on Monday by the legal adviser of the PDP, Emmanuel Enoidem, he noted that the last day for the petition was Tuesday, adding that the delay was because of the late response by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to allow them inspect the electoral materials as ordered by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.
“The last day for the petition was actually tomorrow (Tuesday)but we decided to file it today (Monday). We asked 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 the results 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 petitions 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. More than 400 witnesses are going to testify in this petition. Nigerians are at home with what happened on February in this country, the sham they called election.
“Of course, we are going to re-present the facts to Nigerians as the facts are already in the domains on Nigerians. We are not going to manufacture facts.”
Also, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) who is also a member of Atiku’s chains of lawyers said that the petition was strong, solid and unassailable. He however noted that the delay was due to the unwillingness of INEC to cooperate as ordered by the Tribunal.
“We have up to tomorrow (Tuesday), to file but we have been having some challenges from INEC itself in terms of assessing materials used during the elections. But I believe we will get there.
“Our petition is quite solid, strong unassailable and we believe that by the grace of God the true keeper and owner of the mandate will have his mandate given to him,” Ozekhome said.