The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, said on Monday that they had assembled over 400 witnesses to testify at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal, where they would challenge the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressives Congress’ victory at the poll.
The two things the PDP wants:
- That Atiku “who won the election massively across the country” be declared the winner of that election.
- If they don’t get that, the PDP wants the results to be set aside “on the grounds of irregularities which were very apparent across the country.”
Some claims by the PDP in its petition:
- According to the party, data from INEC’s server which contains “the true, actual and correct results” from state to state computation showed that Atiku got more votes than Buhari. The PDP claims that Atiku got 18,356,732 votes as opposed to Buhari’s 16,741,430 votes. It is important to note that in INEC’s official announcement, Buhari got 15,191,847 votes while Atiku got 11,262,978 votes. The PDP says the number of votes it is claiming came from 35 states and the FCT as there was “no report on server” about the results from Rivers state as of February 25, 2019.
- The PDP is also claiming that Buhari was not qualified to run for office in the first place because he did not possess the constitutional minimum qualification of a school certificate.
In summary, these are the five reasons why the PDP is petitioning:
- That Buhari was not duly elected by the majority of lawful votes cast at the election.
- That Buhari’s election is invalid by reason of corrupt practices
- That the election is invalid die to non-compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act.
- That at the time of the election, Buhari was not qualified to contest the election.
- That Buhari submitted to INEC an affidavit containing false information of a fundamental nature in aid of his qualification.