Concise News reports that counsel to Atiku had told the Presidential Elections Petitions Tribunal at its last sitting that the witnesses were attacked on their way to Abuja from Zamfara.
He told the five-man tribunal, led by Justice Mohammed Garba, that the witnesses said to have been attacked were those they prepared for the second half of last Friday’s proceedings.
But spokesman for the police in the state SP Muhammad Shehu said in a statement on Sunday that no such attack was recorded in the state.
Shehu said, “The attention of the command has been drawn over newspapers stories published by some national dailies on Saturday 13 July, 2019.
“That some witnesses of the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar who were travelling from the state to Abuja have been attacked in the state.
“According to the reports, the witnesses were traveling to Abuja from Zamfara to give witness at Presidential Aspirant Election Tribunal in Abuja.
“They claimed to have been attacked by bandits in Zamfara state, a situation that forced them to scamper into the bush which forced the court to adjourn sitting.
“As far as the state police command is concern, the claim is not true and has no basis; we wish to draw the attention of members of the public that the story is not true.
“Based on the crime statistics available to the command, there was no attack by bandits either on villages or on any person or group of persons traveling on any highway in the state.”
Atiku, who was President Muhammadu Buhari’s main rival in the election, is challenging the outcome of the February 23 poll.
INEC had announced President Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner with 15,191,847 votes with Atiku getting 11, 262,978.
But Atiku and the PDP, this news medium understands, had claimed that results from a purported INEC server showed that he scored 18,356,732 as against Buhari’s 16,741,430 votes.