After several days of anxiety and speculations, the Presidential Election Petition tribunal Tuesday announced it will deliver judgment this Wednesday in the petition of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar challenging the declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari as winner of the February 23, presidential poll.
Contrary to the speculations across political divide that the verdict may be handed down this Friday, the tribunal in a notice of hearing conveyed to parties in the petition through text messages and telephone calls, announced its resolution to make its findings and final decision on the petition public tomorrow.
It would be recalled that Atiku and PDP had March 18 dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), President Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) before the Justice Mohammed Garba led tribunal, praying for nullification of Buhari’s election on various grounds ranging from Buhari’s non-qualification to stand for the election, election malpractices, alteration of election results and violence amongst others.
To establish his petition, Atiku during the hearing called 62 witnesses and tendered several documents and video clips before the tribunal, while Buhari, on the other hand, called 7 witnesses and also tendered documents to prove that he genuinely won the election.
The APC and INEC did not call any witness but chose to use the evidence of the petitioners’ witnesses to support their defense.