Update On Presidential Election Tribunal, Atiku Claims He Defeated Buhari With 1.6M Votes
Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), who is currently challenging INEC, President Buhari and the APC in the Court of Appeal Tribunal has claimed that he defeated President Muhammadu Buhari with about 1.6 million votes. This was contained in the petition he filed before the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal in Abuja on Monday, to challenge Buhari’s victory.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) are the first to the third respondents, respectively.
INEC had declared that Buhari won the election with 15,191,847 votes to defeat Atiku, whom it said polled 11,262,978 votes.
But the petitioners in their 139-page petition stated that “from the data in the 1st respondent’s (INEC’s) server, the true, actual and correct results” from “state to state computation”, showed that Atiku polled a total of 18,356,732, votes to defeat Buhari whom they said scored 16,741,430 votes.
According to them, the results were the total votes scored by the candidates in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, as there was “no report on server” about the results from Rivers State as at February 25, 2019.