Atiku Challenges The 2019 Presidential Elections At Appeal Court, “We Are Anxious To Meet You In Court” Festus Keyamo Says
Convinced that he is the winner in the February 23rd presidential elections, and determined to prove that in a court of law, the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubarkar, and his party have formally filed a petition challenging the conduct and outcome of the election, which produced President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressive Congress (APC) for a second term of four years.
The ex-parte motion was filed at the Court of Appeal Abuja on March 5, asking for various orders of the court to allow him unhindered access to all documents used by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), for the conduct of the poll.
Atiku and the PDP applied that the Appellate Court, which also serves as the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal should compel the electoral body to allow their agents to scan and make photocopies of vital documents used in the last presidential election for the purpose of maintaining their petition against the election. The ex-parte application filed by a legal luminary, Chief Chris Uche SAN, has INEC, President Muhamadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) as respondents.
The ex-parte motion according to PR Nigeria, is supported with a 12-paragraph affidavit deposed to by one Colonel Austin Akobundu (Rtd.), a Director of Contact and Mobilization in the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Council. However, no date has been fixed for hearing of the motion.
The petition challenges the conduct and outcome of the election, on the grounds that the poll was heavily manipulated and rigged for the declared winners. Specifically, because the results collated by the PDP from polling units across the country, were quite different from those recorded for the declared winners by INEC.
However, the President Muhammadu Buhari campaign council has stated that it is not opposed to the decision of the PDP candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar from seeking redress in the law court.
A Press statement by the spokesperson for the council Mr. Festus Keyamo SAN read in part; “Our attention has been drawn to some news item and posts on social media, reporting that we wrote a letter to some international bodies to prevail on Alhaji Atiku Abubakar not to proceed to court to challenge the result of the 2019 Presidential Election.
Our investigation reveals that a letter to that effect was purportedly written by a certain ‘Buhari Campaign Organisation’.
This is the second time we will be informing the public that the said ‘Buhari Campaign Organisation’ does not act at the behest of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, nor does it represent the Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation in any way.
As a result, whatever it has released does not represent the position of the APC presidential campaign council or President Muhammadu Buhari. Our official position is that we believe that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has a constitutional right to seek redress in court and we do not seek in any way to curtail that right.
In fact, it is the resort to court that is the only democratic way to ventilate his perceived grievance and any attempt to restrict or discourage the exercise of such right would be an invitation to anarchy.
In addition, we are very anxious to meet Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in court in order to show the world in a conclusive manner the free and fair nature of the comprehensive defeat of Atiku at the polls. An election is not termed ‘rigged’ only by the mere claim of it by the loser.
That is what Atiku and the PDP want to ram down our throats. Unfortunately for them, international, continental and sub-regional observers (who can be seen as neutral by all standards) ALL declared the election to be free, fair and credible. No ego-massaging narrative can change that.
We therefore totally disassociate ourselves from the letter purportedly written by one of, perhaps, many support groups of President Muhammadu Buhari. They may have a right to their opinion, but it does not represent our official position.
We therefore totally disassociate ourselves from the letter purportedly written by one of, perhaps, many support groups of President Muhammadu Buhari. They may have a right to their opinion, but it does not represent our official position.”
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