Abubakar Atiku, the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) presidential candidate, and Bola Tinubu, the president-elect, have agreed not to raise objections to the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) election-related documents.
In compliance with the law on document admission, they require that the documents must be certified as accurate replicas of the original copies.
News organizations learned that during the hearings of the joint case filed by Atiku and PDP contesting the proclamation of Tinubu as the winner of the contested election, the decision was made and communicated to the five-judge panel of the Presidential Election case Court.
During Thursday’s hearings, Chief Chris Uche SAN, the head of Atiku’s legal team, informed the Court of the lawyers’ choices.
Wole Olanipekun (SAN), on behalf of the president-elect, and other legal counsel reaffirmed their support for Atiku’s stance that they should not raise any objections to the election commission’s certified documents.
Olanipekun stated that in order to achieve a fair and just verdict, they decided together to give the Court free reign to examine the materials.
Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), the head of the All Progressives Congress (APC) legal team, affirmed this stance before the court.
He clarified that they made these choices in order to ensure that Atiku’s appeal was presented without incident.
Abubakar Balarabe Mahmoud, the attorney for INEC, said that the electoral authority will be ready to deliver all required documentation on time in order to enable a quick and effective hearing of all petitions contesting the presidential election.
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