Buhari vs Atiku: Election Tribunal Commences Sitting Amid Tight Security
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The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal on Wednesday commenced sitting in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, amid tight security.

Atiku Abubakar and his party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), are challenging the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the tribunal.

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They claim that the 2019 presidential election results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were manipulated to favour Buhari.

INEC had announced that Buhari polled 15,191,847 votes while the former vice president got 11,262,978.

Ahead of today’s sitting, Concise News learned that a combined team of security operatives from the army, police and Civil Defence barricaded the premises of the Court of Appeal – the venue.

This news medium can confirm that the President of the Court of the Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, the senior judicial officer requested by the PDP to exit the tribunal, is presiding over the sitting.

The PDP had on May 10 written a petition asking Bulkachuwa to rescue herself from the trial on the ground that her husband had won a seat to the Senate on the platform of the APC.

At the opening of the sitting, counsel to the PDP, Levi Uzoukwu, made an application to address the chairman of the tribunal in chambers for 10 minutes with the lead counsel for the respondents.

A total of five senior counsels were invited, but the counsel to INEC objected to the application.

He noted that he was not duly informed by the counsel to the petitioner and that the petitioner’s counsel cannot speak for him.

As for the counsel to Buhari, Wole Olanipekun, he said that although he was informed by the petitioner that such an appeal would be made, he suggested that two lawyers from each party in the suit be allowed in chambers.

This news medium also gathered that three other petitions filed by other political parties and their candidates would be heard this Wednesday.