The 2023 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has filed a petition at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal in Abuja.
In the petition marked CA/PEPC/05/2023, Atiku is seeking the nullification of the declaration of Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the February 25 presidential election.
The PDP flagbearer also applied for the withdrawal of the Certificate of Return that was issued to the APC candidate by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He maintained that the declaration of Tinubu as the winner of the presidential election was invalid by reason of non-compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2022.
The PDP candidate, through his team of lawyers led by Joe Kyari Gadzama (SAN), further argued that Tinubu’s election was invalid by reason of corrupt practices.
In the petition, the former Vice President named INEC as 1st respondent, Tinubu as 2nd respondent, his running mate, Shettima Kashim as 3rd respondent, and the APC as 4th respondent.
Listing grounds the court should consider nullifying Tinubu’s election, Atiku said: “The 2nd Respondent was not duly elected by a majority of lawful votes cast at the Election.
“The 2nd Respondent was at the time of the Election not qualified to contest the Election.”
Atiku prayed the court to declare him the winner of the presidential election, having secured the second-highest number of lawful votes cast at the election.
Meanwhile, it was learned that Atiku’s legal team perfected the petition filing process at the Registry of the Court on Tuesday night.
Recall that Atiku came second with 6,984,520 votes; while Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) came third with 6,101,533 votes in the February 25 presidential election.
See the photo of the petition below.
This article was originally published on Naija News