SWITZERLAND, OCTOBER 30 – The Supreme Court will commence hearing today, 30th October, 2019, on the appeal made by Atiku Abubakar and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), seeking to set aside the judgement of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal and be declared winner of the 2019 presidential election.
On September 11, 2019, the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal(PEPT) dismissed in its entirety, the petition by Atiku Abubakar and the PDP, challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress(APC) in the 2019 presidential election.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had on February 27, declared Buhari and his party, the APC, as the winner of the presidential election, having polled a total of 15,191,847 votes to defeat his closest rival, Atiku, who it said polled a total of 11,262,978 votes.
Not satisfied with the result, Atiku and his party, the PDP had in a joint petition approached the Tribunal through their team of lawyers led by Dr. Livy Uzoukwu (SAN) to challenge the election on the ground that the result released by INEC was not the true position of the election.
It was the contention of the petitioners that they won the election, based on the results transmitted electronically to INEC’s server.
Having lost their case at the tribunal, Atiku and the PDP have filed an appeal at the Supreme court, the apex court of the country, hoping to get justice for their cause based on the evidences they have.
Explaining the reason why he has gone ahead to appeal at the supreme court, Atiku said:
“Nothing good comes easy, and hard as the task to rid Nigeria from the forces of fascism, and be an instrument for the full restoration of the rule of law and democracy in Nigeria is, your support makes the struggle worthwhile.
” I owe so much to this great land of Nigeria that took me from the streets of Jada, where I sold firewood, to the heights I have attained, by God’s benevolence, in the civil service, in corporate Nigeria, and in public service.
“If I do not play my part in making it possible for other orphaned children, indigent youths and the less privileged, to replicate and even surpass my path to significance, I would have failed my Maker.
” If I do not ensure that the ladder I climbed remains accessible to those at the bottom, middle and top tiers of society, I would not have fulfilled my purpose.
“And only by ensuring that democracy is not just done, but seen to be done, can Nigeria and Nigerians have a sense that this our dear land is indeed a land where Unity, Faith, Peace and Progress reside.
“It is for this, and other patriotic reasons, that I am pursuing this judicial route: To ensure that the votes of Nigerians count and are counted.”
Meanwhile, the PDP has said there is no way the APC can escape justice at the apex court, given its weight of evidence showing that PDP presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, won the February 23 presidential election.
The PDP in a statement on Tuesday, signed by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, cautioned the APC and supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari to desist from their blackmail and irresponsible allegations against the PDP and Atiku, as such could never sway the Supreme Court to alter the course of justice in the matter.
According to the PDP, the APC, being uncomfortable by the weight of evidence against it and Buhari, has resorted to cooked-up stories, inventions and threats in a bid to smokescreen its machinations against the Supreme Court-all characteristic of individuals desperate to distract the court.
According to the statement, “The PDP has built a solid case at the Supreme Court. It stands with Nigerians across the country in believing that justice will prevail. On the other hand, the APC, seeing that it has no hope, has been devising all manner of shenanigans to overheat the system so as to create the ground to derail the course of justice.”
The PDP, therefore, said it refused to be drawn into a dance in the mud with the APC.”