Presidential Election Tribunal that its presidential candidate, Atiku
Abubakar, defeated President Muhammadu Buhari, in his home state,
Salisu Maijigiri, who is the PDP’s state chairman in Katsina and was the
party’s collation agent in the state, said the results declared by the
Independent National Electoral Commission were untrue.
“We (PDP) are the one who won the election, not APC. APC scored 872,000
and PDP scored, 905,000,” Maijigiri told the tribunal.
“These are our own results, we collated in our state not the ones from
the server,” he added.
The electoral body had declared that Buhari polled 1,232,133 votes to
beat his closest challenger Abubakar who had 308,056 votes.
The difference between both candidates was of 924,077 votes with Buhari
winning in all the 34 local government areas in the state.
Abubakar and his party, have their petition challenging the victory of
Buhari and the All Progressives Congress at the poll filed before the
five-man tribunal led by Justice Mohammed Garba.
They had tendered the form with a view to establishing their petition
against Buhari on his qualification for the last presidential election.
The party also tendered the final result of the election, signed by the
INEC chairman, Prof. Yakubu Mahmood. This was admitted as exhibit.
Also tendered and admitted as exhibits were documents containing the
total number of voters in INEC’s register and the number of collected
permanent voter cards for the election.
Abubakar’s lead counsel, Dr. Livy Uzoukwu, equally tendered six
newspapers publications and 10 press statements issued by INEC in
respect of the election.
So far, about 6,806 election result sheets from Kano and Zamfara States
were tendered and admitted by the tribunal in evidence.
Abubakar and the PDP thereafter began calling witnesses on Monday to
testify to allegations of election malpractices, corruption,
irregularities and violence in the conduct of the election that produced
Buhari as president.