The Supreme Court ruled that the lower court was not at fault for rejecting the testimony of witnesses associated with Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in 2023.
According to Anaedoonline.ng, Atiku and the PDP challenged the Presidential Election Petition Court’s decision to deny their request to overturn President Bola Tinubu’s election.
The appellants feel wronged by the presidential tribunal’s declaration that the witness testimony was hearsay.
John Okoro, the panel’s presiding justice, stated that it was “incredible” that the lower court had classified the testimonies as hearsay.
Justice Okoro read from the lower court’s decision that the witnesses may only testify in person at the voting places where they were present.
He ruled: “What they were told is hearsay evidence.
“From the evidence on record, it is indisputable that the witnesses were not present in all the polling units and that their testimonies about others are merely hearsay.”
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