Fear grips Tinubu’s Legal team as PDP, Atiku’s Legal Team submits BVAS exhibits in court

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Alhaji Atiku Abubakar
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Reject Atiku’s BVAS exhibits, Tinubu, INEC tell tribunal

 

On Wednesday, the Presidential Election Petitions Court in Abuja accepted 337 exhibits submitted by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, challenging President Bola Tinubu’s emergence as the winner of the February 25 presidential election.

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At the resumption of the matter’s hearing, the PDP and Atiku’s legal team, led by Chief Chris Uche (SAN), informed the court that the documents in evidence pertained to 33 states of the federation, excluding Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, and Lagos.

 

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Among the other documents Atiku submitted to the court were the results of the presidential election in the states of Abia, Bayelsa, Kaduna, and Ogun.

 

The petitioners informed the court that INEC downloaded the Forms EC8A containing the certified results from its I-Rev portal.

 

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The petition’s respondents, however, objected to the admissibility of the Certified True Copies of the documents that were presented in court.

 

They stated that they would provide justifications for their objections in their concluding written addresses.

 

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Tinubu, represented by a team of solicitors led by Chief Wole Olanikpekun (SAN), objected to the tendering of information that, according to the petitioners, was extracted from the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System machines used to conduct the 2023 presidential election.

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In addition, the Independent National Electoral Commission stated that it was opposed to the admissibility of the documents, except for the data printouts from the BVAS systems it deployed in three states: Kogi, Sokoto, and Rivers.

 

In a similar manner, the APC opposed the admissible documents.

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In addition, INEC’s legal team, led by Kemi Pinhero, SAN, argued against the admissibility of the downloaded results, just as other respondents did.

 

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However, the five-judge PEPC panel led by Justice Haruna Tsammani admitted the BVAS documents and designated them as Exhibits PT 1 through PT 33.

 

The court accepted all 337 exhibits submitted by the PDP and Atiku.

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Earlier in the day, the tribunal postponed until June 1 the hearing of the petition filed by the Labour Party and its candidate, Peter Obi, against Tinubu.

 

The adjournment was requested by the legal team of the LP, led by Chief Awa Kalu (SAN), who informed the court that two key team members were ill and unable to attend court.

 

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