Atiku, PDP, kick off legal war against Buhari’s victory
Atiku Abubakar, the People’s Democratic Party presidential candidate, on Tuesday filed an application requesting an order from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to inspect materials used for the 2019 presidential election.
Atiku, through his counsel, Chief Chris Uche (SAN), has submitted the application and it is presently before the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal located within the premises of the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal.
If eventually permitted by INEC, the opposition party will have access to voters registers, the smart card reader machines, ballot papers and other materials used for the process.
As the legal battle commences, the president, the All Progressives Congress and the electoral body are expected to respond to the suit filed against them by the opposition party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and his party, PDP.
The former Vice President seems to have started his legal war after several calls by many Nigerians and the National Peace Committee last week to embrace peace and eschew violence in the interest of the nation.
With the latest development, it appears Atiku is adamant with his decision and he is battle ready to reclaim stolen mandate from President Muhammadu Buhari through legal means.
Recall that after his defeat, Atiku had questioned the electoral body over some states, including Yobe, Zamfara, Borno, Kebbi, and a few others ravaged by war which generated higher voter turnouts than the peaceful states.
“The suppressed votes in my strongholds are so apparent and amateurish that I am ashamed as a Nigerian that such could be allowed to happen.
“How can total votes in Akwa Ibom, for instance be 50% less than what they were in 2015,” Atiku said.
Atiku added that the violation of human rights by the military operatives in Imo State, Rivers State and Akwa Ibom State as they turned their guns on the citizens is a disservice to democracy.
These are the facts and arguments that the Waziri of Adamawa will likely present in court to reclaim his mandate.