Abuja – Justice Mohammed Garba, Chairman of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) sitting at the Court of Appeal Abuja Division, has ruled that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 presidential election could not prove his allegation of widespread electoral malpractices in the 11 focal states listed in his petition.
The tribunal held that the petitioner did not disclose the number of votes awarded to President Muhammadu Buhari, insisting that it is a court of law and cannot allocate figures to the petitioners when they failed to do so to substantiate their allegations.
In addition, the tribunal held that Atiku failed woefully to prove that Buhari did not score a majority of the votes, adding that the petitioner’s star witness, Osita Chidoka, the national collation officer of Atiku, admitted while giving evidence that he did not visit any of the ward, local and state polling units.
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