The court hearing between President Muhammad Buhari and Atiku Abubakar is coming to a close with Buhari, APC and INEC in fear losing the presidential seat and possible re-election over certificate issue, with many Nigerians also not in agreement with him.
The presidential election petitions tribunal, therefore, has concluded on giving its judgement on the case between Atiku Abubakar of the People Democratic Party and President Muhammad Buhari of the All Progressives Congress party tomorrow (Wednesday).
In the report by the INEC lead counsel, Yunus Ustaz Usman (SAN) revealed that the election conducted by INEC was in clear and absolute compliance with the electoral act and the petitioners can’t disregard that fact.”
He further advised that the panel debunk and cancel the petition raised against the commission as it’s pointless and baseless.
Wole Olanipekun (SAN), the president Muhammad Buhari lead counsel request that the tribunal rejects and cancel the petition brought against the president as it lacks no genuine evidence.
He added that the Nigerian constitution under section 131 did not require that certificate should be attached to the documents.
While Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), the APC counsel, also challenged PDP and Atiku, who whose probed scandals against the electoral irregularities in 119,973 polling units in 8,809 wards in 774 LGs, called only 62 witnesses out of which only five led evidence from the polling units.
Contrary to others objection, the lead counsel to the PDP and Atiku, Levy Uzoukwu (SAN), demand that the tribunal should consider Section 138(1) of Electoral Act, quoted as any candidate who submitted false information would nullify their candidacy.
He further said, the verdict of the Supreme Court in Abdulrauf Moddibbo against Mustapha Usman SC/790/2019 delivered on 30 July, qualifications for election is not a pre-election matter.
In his argument, he questioned the president Buhari Form CF001 submitted to INEC listed three certificates such as First School Leaving Certificate, WAEC, and Cadet certificate from Military School but didn’t attach it to the form.