Presidential Tribunal: We Won’t Whip A Dead Horse, Says Tinubu, Closes Case Against Atiku

The case brought by the All Progressives Congress (APC) against the election petition filed by Alhaji Abubakar Atiku and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was dismissed from the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) on Wednesday in Abuja. The APC did not summon a single witness duri

Counsel for the APC, Mr. Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, argued in front of the court that there was no need in "whipping a dead horse," since the evidence presented by President Bola Tinubu's lone witness, Sen. Opeyemi Bamide, was sufficient to undermine the petitioners' position.
"After giving this matter some serious thought, we have determined that we already have sufficient evidence, and as a result, we will not be calling any witnesses.
" We do not intend to whip a dead horse, we announce the closure of the case of the 3rd respondent, (the APC)," stated Fagbemi.
After Fagbemi had finished cross-examining Bamidele, Tinubu's star witness and only witness, he decided to take this position. witness.

Bamidele, who is also an attorney, argued in front of the court that the forfeiture judgment for 460 thousand dollars that the petitioners presented as evidence did not provide sufficient grounds for the court to overturn Tinubu's election.

According to the testimony of the witness, Tinubu's name was included on the judgment of the United States court about the seizure of 460 thousand dollars; nevertheless, the action was classified as a civil procedure rather than a criminal prosecution.

The witness argued that it was a civil forfeiture and not a criminal one all throughout their testimony.

Tinubu was not prosecuted, arraigned, indicted, or punished for any criminal offense by any court in the United States, according to Bamidele, who is the Senate Majority Leader. Bamidele held this belief.

Tinubu does not have a criminal record because he has never been charged with a crime or convicted of committing a crime by any court in the United States. This means that he has a clean bill of health.

The witness testified in front of the court that he had known President Tinubu for more than 35 years and added that for all of those years, he knew the president to be a genuine Nigerian citizen who was born in the country.

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The witness stated, in response to queries made by counsel for the petitioners, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, that in order for Tinubu to be proclaimed the victor of the presidential election that took place on February 25, he did not need to receive at least 25 percent of the votes cast in Federal Capital Territory, also known as FCT.

He also stated that it was not necessary for the president to win the election in the state that he was from for him to be proclaimed the victor.
The witness argued that Abuja was nothing more than the metropolis that houses the federal government and that it did not have any other distinguishing characteristics.

He concurred with the counsel for the petitioners that President Tinubu received 19.4 percent of the total votes cast in the Federal Capital Territory.

The witness, who was brought in evidence by counsel to Tinubu, Mr. Wole Olanipekin, SAN, stated that a ruling issued by the Federal High Court in Abuja in a petition filed by Labour Party on the form of collation of election results concluded that INEC was free to employ any mode of collation it considered proper. This witness was led in evidence by counsel to Tinubu.

Additionally, the witness informed the court that he has a valid license to practice law issued by the New York Bar in the United States.

Olanipekun also declared that Tinubu's defense against the petition that was filed by the PDP and Atiku had come to an end with the testimony of the lone witness.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the closure of the defense by Tinubu and the APC indicates the end of one phase and takes the case filed by PDP and Atiku to its next step, which is the exchanging of final written addresses among parties and closing arguments. In addition, the closing of the defense by Tinubu and the APC represents the end of one phase and takes the case to its next phase.

The petitioners have seven days to react, and the respondents have another five days to reply on questions of law, according to the presiding judge of the five-member panel, Justice Haruna Tsammani, who handed the respondents, INEC, APC, and Tinubu, ten days to file their final written replies.

The parties would be contacted with on the date when the final written addresses would be adopted, according to Justice Tsammani's statement.

Atiku came in second place in the presidential election held on February 25, but he is petitioning the court to invalidate Tinubu's victory on the grounds that the poll was marred by electoral fraud and that it did not comply with the legislative rules governing its conduct.

 


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