We Have No Need To Call Witnesses To Defend Us From Atiku, INEC Tells Tribunal

On Monday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said that it will not be calling any witness in defence of the petition which was made by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 presidential elections, Atiku Abubakar, and the party itself.

Mr Yunus Usman (SAN), the lawyer of INEC made the announcement proceedings resumed at the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC).

According to the schedule of the court, it was expected that INEC would be opening its defence today, but when called upon, Usman revealed that having scrutinized the evidence tendered by the witnesses which the petitioners called upon, it found out that it would not be having a need for it.

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He was reported by THE PUNCH to have said the following, “We have painstakingly reviewed the evidence of petitioners’ witnesses.

“We have also painstakingly studied the petitioners’ evidence under cross-examination, which supports our defence and our denial in consonance with our pleadings.

“My lords, we do not see the need to waste your lordship’s precious time by repeating what their witnesses have repeated under cross-examination.

“In that circumstance, we will not call any witness to help them prove their case.

“We, therefore, rely on the evidence of their witness under cross-examination.”

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