The Presidential Tribunal headed by Justice Mohammed Garba, have been
asked to expunge 28,000 result sheets of the 2019 Presidential election
in 10 states tendered by the Peoples Democratic
Party’s candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and also reject testimonies of
his 40th, 59th and 60th witnesses.

Mr Segun Showunmi was Atiku’s 40th witness; David Njorga from Kenya,
who was described by the petitioners as their “expert witness” was the
PW 59; Joseph Gbenga, a data analyst was the PW 60.

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The Tribunal was also asked to reject 33 documents which
include Certified True Copies of Form CF001 (personal particulars)
submitted by Buhari to the Independent National Electoral Commission as
the presidential candidate of his party, other INEC documents and some
newspaper reports. 

The true copies of polling unit, local government, ward and state
result sheets challenged by President Buhari and the APC are from Yobe
(1,732 result sheets), Kebbi (2,106), Borno (3,472), Kano (5,806),
Bauchi  (3,599), Katsina (3,378), Jigawa (3,162), Kaduna (3,335A),
Zamfara (eight) and Niger (1,797).

President Buhari and the APC also urged the tribunal to dismiss
Atiku’s petition against Buhari for lacking in merit ahead of August 21,
which is the expected day for parties to present their closing
arguments.

Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), APC’s lawyer held that the documents should be
expunged from the Tribunal’s proceedings because they were “wrongly
admitted in evidence”, “legally inadmissible” and “are documentary
hearsay evidence that should not have been admitted by the honourable
court in the first place”. 

President Buhari’s lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun also argued that the
testimonies of witnesses numbers 40, 59 and 60 were in violation of the
March 6, 2019 order of the tribunal, which denied Atiku access to an
alleged server in which they claimed INEC stored the authentic results
of the last presidential election.

Punch reported that while Showunmi (PW40) tendered some video
evidence to prove Atiku’s case of the existence of the server, Njorga
(PW 59) gave evidence and tendered his report on the existence of the
said server, Gbenga (PW 60) on the other hand gave evidence and tendered
his report of the analysis of the results of the election in 11 states.

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