Oshiomhole makes first appearance at Presidential Election Petition Tribunal as PDP, Atiku tender more evidence

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ABUJA----National Chairman of the ruling All ww , APC, Adams Oshiomhole, Monday, made his first appearance at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja, as the opposition Peoples Democratic Party. PDP, and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, tendered more evidences to prove that President Muhammadu Buhari's election was fraudulent. The PDP and Atiku are challenging the outcome of the February 23 Presidential election, declared in favour of Buhari. The petitioners asked the tribunal to sack Buhari and declare Atiku as the validly elected president, or in the alternative, cancel the poll and order fresh presidential election. Already, the petitioners have tendered result sheets from 10 states, including those from Polling Units, Wards and Local Government Areas of the affected states. At Monday's hearing, Oshiomhole announced his appearance for the APC even as the PDP was represented by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan. The petitioners had, insisted that the data they independently secured from INEC's back-end server, revealed that they defeated Buhari at the poll with a wide margin of over 1.6million votes, stressing that INEC had at various stages of the presidential election, unlawfully allocated votes to Buhari, pointing out that they would adduce both oral and documentary evidence to show that result of the election as announced by INEC was doctored heavily to favour Buhari. They further alleged that INEC deducted lawful votes which accrued to PDP and Atiku, in a bid to ensure that Buhari won the election adding that they would use evidence of 400 witnesses or as many as possible, including statisticians, forensic examiners and finger-print experts at the hearing of the petition to establish that the scores credited to Buhari were not the product of actual votes cast for him at the polling units. All the parties had filed processes challenging the competence of the petition which they stressed should be dismissed for lack of merit and substance.

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