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Tribunal: Tinubu, INEC Reject BVAs Evidence Tendered By Atiku, PDP

by Victor Ndubuisi

Yesterday, President Bola Tinubu made it clear that he was against using voter information gleaned from the BVAS (Bimodal Voter Accreditation System) machines used in the 2023 presidential election.

He challenged the validity of the printouts offered by the opposition candidate, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who was being represented by his legal team.

Atiku argued that, with the exception of Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, and Lagos states, the records he submitted related to the outcomes from 33 states of the federation.

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He was represented by Chris Uche, but Prof. Eyitayo Jegede, a member of his legal team, submitted the paperwork.


Except for the information from the states of Kogi, Sokoto, and Rivers, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) also expressed concerns regarding the acceptability of the documents.

However, Tinubu’s party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), backed the position taken by their own candidate.

The documents from the BVAS were accepted as evidence by Justice Haruna Tsammani’s panel and designated as Exhibits PT 1 through PT 33 in spite of the objections.

Additionally, Atiku provided election results from the states of Abia, Bayelsa, Kaduna, and Ogun, which the court accepted as proof.

In a similar event, Peter Obi, the Labour Party candidate, asked for the hearing to be postponed because two important members of his legal team fell ill unexpectedly.

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All parties have agreed that this adjournment will forward the remaining proceedings to Thursday.


Both Atiku and Obi are asking INEC to revoke the Certificate of Return given to President Tinubu as they both contest the legitimacy of the presidential election.

Their allegations center on purported fraudulent actions, Tinubu’s eligibility, and disobedience of the Electoral Act of 2022.



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