Former Vice President and PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar has filed a petition at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja, claiming he won the February 23 presidential election.
Atiku said the actual votes he scored in the February 23, 2019 presidential election was 18, 356,732 votes against President Muhammadu Buhari’s 16,741,430 votes.
In the petition, Atiku claimed that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) the organiser of the said election deliberately ignored the actual figures scored by the political parties and manipulated the figures and announced 11,262,978 votes for the PDP candidate Atiku Abubakar and announced 15,191,847 votes for All Progressive Congress (APC)’s Muhammadu Buhari.
The petitioners had joined the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC), each and every person who acted as Presiding Officers, Assistant Presiding Officers, Supervisory Presiding Officers, ad hoc Staff in all the polling units/stations/points, Ward Collation Officers in all the Ward Collation Centres, Local Government Collation Officers in all the Local Government Area Collation Centres, all the State Collation Officers in all the State Collation Centres, the Resident Electoral Commissioners, the Chief Returning Officer, and any other person who acted in one capacity or the other on behalf of the 1st Respondent at the aforesaid election, acted as the 1st Respondent.
Also joined as the 2nd Respondent is Muhammadu Buhari who was the candidate in the said Presidential Election of 23rd February 2019 and contested under the platform of the 3rd Respondent -All Progressive Congress (APC).
The petitioners said four days after the election; the 1st Respondent announced and declared fake scores to support the incumbent.
The petitioners say they intend to rely on Form EC8D(A) (being the summary of collation of results) and Form EC8E series (being the declaration of result) issued by the 1st Respondent, not only to show the recorded scores but to show the invalidity of the scores as recorded.