Atiku: Just 25 Witnesses Out Of 100 Has Been Called To Testify Two Days To The Close Of Tribunal

The presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, and his party will on Thursday close their case at the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) in their joint petition challenging the outcome of the February 25 presidential election.⁣

The petitioners, according to a pre-hearing report were supposed to close their case on Tuesday.⁣

However, at the resumed hearing of the petition, the petitioner’s lead counsel, Chris Uche (SAN) told the court that his clients lost two days out of the days allotted to them and prayed the court to allow them two more days.⁣

The court agreed with Uche because one of the days lost was the Democracy Day public holiday of June 12.⁣

Earlier, Uche told the court that in spite of the spirit of cooperation that the court had appealed for, it was still difficult to get Certified True Copies (CTC) of documents from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).⁣

According to him, getting documents from INEC is like asking your opponents for weapons. He said they had asked INEC for Form EC8A series for all the 36 states and the FCT but had gotten only 14 batches so far.⁣

The senior counsel said that the documents were brought to them in court by INEC and that although certified by the commission, they had not been sorted out in a proper manner.⁣