Presidential Election tussle: APC files counter-appeal at Supreme Court

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has filed counter-motions at the Supreme Court over the September 11 Presidential Election Petition Tribunal judgment. Specifically, the motions challenges sections of the judgment. Further, it seeks the nullification of evidence proffered by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, which were accepted by the tribunal.

The APC urged the Supreme Court to nullify a number of evidence and witnesses accepted for the PDP at the Court of Appeal.

The counter-motions comes in response to an earlier motion filed by the PDP at the apex court on Tuesday, seeking the overruling of the decision of the tribunal.

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The PDP had proceeded to the Supreme Court to oppose the judgment handed down by the Presidential Election tribunal. The judgment, delivered on Wednesday, September 11, had upheld the election of President Muhammadu Buhari. Further, it had ruled against the PDP in five areas in which it sought to unseat Buhari.

Nevertheless, the APC wasted no time in following up the PDP’s application with its counter-motions. In an appeal filed by its counsel, Lateef Fagbemi, the APC prevailed on the apex court to review the decision of the election tribunal to accept evidence tendered by some of the PDP’s witnesses.

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Among these are witness numbers 40, 59 and 60.

Identified as the witnesses are Segun Showunmi, Atiku’s spokesperson (witness 40). Others are David Njorga (witness 59) who was cited by the PDP as a data expert and Joseph Gbenga (witness 60), a data analyst.

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Indeeed, Showunmi’s appearance at the tribunal had seen the presentation of a video evidence at the tribunal. The video included statements made by an official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mike Igini.

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The official from Bayelsa had disclosed that INEC planned to transmit results to a central server.

Furthermore, the APC, in its counter-appeal, urged the Supreme Court to remove some 42 paragraphs from the PDP’s documents.

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