Atiku begins legal battle, gathers 400 witnesses against Buhari
Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the February 23 presidential election, on Monday, said he has assembled over 400 witnesses to testify at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal against the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and his party, All Progressives Congress.
The former Vice President and his party spoke through the PDP National Legal Adviser, Mr Emmanuel Enoidem, on the premises of the Court of Appeal in Abuja, where the application was filed.
Enoidem said Atiku Abubakar and PDP would be represented by over 20 Senior Advocates of Nigeria, adding that the last day for the filing of the application from the date the results of the election were announced was Tuesday.
He noted that Atiku and his party had 21 days from the date the final results of the presidential election were announced on February 27, 2019.
“The last day for the petition is today, Tuesday, March 19, but we decided to file it yesterday, Monday.
“We have a pool of 20 SANs, who are tested in election matters, and other senior lawyers who are also working with them.
“So we are very ready for the petition. The petition is well packaged.
“Of course, we are going to re-represent the facts to Nigerians as the facts are already in the domains on Nigerians.
“We are not going to manufacture facts,” Enoidem stated.
Celebrity lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome, who is also a member of the legal team affirmed their readiness for the case.
He said that the late filing of the petition was the Independent National Electoral Commission’s stance against having access to the electoral materials used during the last presidential election but be believed they would get there in spite of the challenges.
“Our petition is quite solid, strong, and unassailable and we believe that, by the grace of God, the true keeper of the mandate, we will have his mandate given to him,” Ozekhome added.