The admission of documents presented as evidence in the petition filed by Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, challenging the victory of President Bola Tinubu, is being opposed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), President Bola Tinubu, and the All Progressive Congress (APC).
During the resumed session of the Election Petitions Tribunal in Abuja, Atiku’s counsel, Chris Uche, informed the court that they had prepared a second schedule of documents to be tendered and had fully served them to all parties involved.
The documents tendered by the petitioners were certified true copies of Form EC8A, downloaded from the INEC Results Viewing Portal (IReV). These included forms from various local government areas in Bayelsa, Kaduna, Ogun, and Kogi states. They also submitted Form EC40G for Kaduna State, which contains information on canceled polling units.
Additionally, the petitioners presented the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) printout and accreditation data from 33 states, including timestamps.
The petitioners requested the court to consider the documents as read, as per the provisions of paragraph 46(a) of the first schedule of the Electoral Act. However, the respondents objected to the admission of the documents in most of the local governments in Kogi State.
Despite the objections, the Chairman of the court, Justice Haruna Tsammani, admitted the documents as evidence. The case was adjourned to June 1 for further proceedings.
In a separate development, the Labour Party (LP) faced challenges in presenting witnesses and documents due to the ill health of key staff members. The LP presidential candidate Peter Obi attended the proceedings along with his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed. Their counsel, Awa Kalu, requested an adjournment to June 1, which the court granted.