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PEPC admits new report in Atiku's petition
By: Cletus Sunday Ilobanafor
Wed, 14 Jun 2023   ||   Nigeria,

The Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) on Wednesday, accepted data reports from election inspectors as evidence.

In a petition titled CA/PEPC/05/2023, Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are challenging the outcome of the Feb. 25 presidential election, which Tinubu won.

The respondents include INEC President Bola Tinubu and the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Samuel Oduntan, the petitioners’ 21st witness (PW21), is a statistician who has been summoned.

When Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, who represented Abubakar and the PDP, lead in evidence, he adopted his statement on oath, which was objected to by all the respondents.

Abubakar Mahmoud, SAN, represented INEC; Wole Olanipakun, SAN, represented Tinubu; and Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, represented APC.

The counsel for the respondents objected to the submission of the statistician’s report from the election inspection, as well as the three appendices.

INEC has reserved its position on document demonstration.

Olujimi and Fagbemi informed the court that they were not consenting because they opposed to the documents’ admissibility.

They also stated that the petitioners never stated that the documents would be shown.

Mahmoud, on the other hand, asked the court for a soft copy of the flash drive containing the documents.

In response, Jegede requested that INEC supply them with the voter’s registration, as did the court.

Earlier, Jegede informed the court that the witness’s evidence in chief would be taken today, with cross-examination to follow tomorrow.

All of the respondents’ counsellors confirmed that they met and agreed on that.

Meanwhile, the five-member panel chaired by Justice Haruna Tsammani delayed until Thursday for cross-examination of the witness and further hearing on the case.



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