A hearing was opened on Wednesday at Nigeria’s appellate court by a panel of five judges. The hearing is towards an opposition on the outcome of February’s presidential polls.
The tribunal fixed May 15 as the date to which hearing the filed petitions in the capital, Abuja would commence. The PDP candidate, former vice president Atiku Abubakar, and the party in general are up for a challenge to the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Victory which the candidate of the APC, president Buhari had over the candidate of PDP was recorded to be over four million votes. The observers of the election said the highest challenge of the election was the low turn out of people and some other irregularities and poor plans such as the change in initial date by The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
People’s Democratic party argued that the announced result were not true as they have been tampered. They party has its technical experts from Microsoft and Oracle as backup to their claims.
The court has been presented with another set of results, which is said to be from INEC’s official web server that shows PDP the winner of the election by 1.6 million votes.
INEC who has responded to this allegations, said the alternative set was fabricated and “invented for the purpose of the current court case”.
President Buhari’s legal team has also brought up a very strong information of Atiku being a Cameroonian by heritage which automatically makes him not eligible for the seat of Nigerian presidency.
Campaign spokesman Festus Keyamo also urged the secret police to investigate PDPs “illegal access” to INEC technology, but analysts says if the data is proven to be correct beyond a reasonable doubt in court, then APC may have great problems, regardless of how the evidence was obtained.