The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said that President Muhammadu Buhari and his party – the All Progressives Congress (APC) have no defence to present before the presidential election tribunal.
The PDP had filed a lawsuit, alleging that the president won his re-election bid through electoral malpractice. The party also claimed that figures from the website of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) showed that Atiku Abubakar, its candidate, won the 2019 presidential election.
But APC, through its campaign organisation, accused PDP of hacking the commission’s website and asked security agencies to investigate them.
However, a statement issued by Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP spokesman said that APC was being jittery because it had no evidence to defend the case in court.
The statement also accused APC of sub-judice, asking it to “surrender the stolen mandate.”
He asked the president and the ruling party to stop their “unnecessary fabrications and smear campaign” and prepare to face the party’s legal team at the tribunal.
“The PDP states that the facts and issues touching on the INEC server are already within the public domain and Nigerians are already at home with them,” Ologbondiyan said in the statement.
“By resorting to shadow-boxing outside the tribunal, President Buhari and the APC have shown that they have no defence to present to the court against PDP’s submission that they stole our mandate.
“It is even more appalling that Festus Keyamo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and a member of Buhari’s legal team, who should know better, would engage in this act of sub judice designed to distort facts already known to Nigerians, that our Presidential Candidate and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, clearly won the February 23 Presidential election.
“Since it has become clear that President Buhari has no defence to present to the court, we counsel him to save the nation further stress by surrendering our mandate, which was freely given by majority of Nigerians to Atiku Abubakar.”