A file photo of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar (inset).
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have continued the defence of their petition challenging the election of President Muhammadu Buhari.
At the resumed proceedings of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal in Abuja on Friday, the petitioners called another witness, Husseni Haruna, to give his testimony.
Haruna, who is from Gombe State, claimed that voters were coerced with N1000 to vote for President Buhari.
When asked if any of those persons have been arrested, he said it was not his business that he reported to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as stipulated by law.
Counsel to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Lateeef Fagbemi, then asked the witness to sign three times on a piece of paper after he insisted that his witness statement was signed by him.
Thereafter, the petitioners presented another witness, Zakari Ibrahim, who is from Bauchi State.
Ibrahim alleged that there were illegal ballot papers signed in favour of the President in Zaki Local Government Area of the state.
He, however, said he could not remember the exact number of such papers that were signed.
In his part, counsel to the petitioners, Levi Uzoukwu, informed the Tribunal that some of their witnesses were attacked by armed men.
He said one of the witnesses called him to tell him that some gunmen attacked them on their way to the nation’s capital from Zamfara State.
According to the lawyer, some of the witnesses were injured while others have gone missing.
Consequently, the Tribunal adjourned the trial until Monday, July 15.
On Thursday, the opposition presented three witnesses who disputed the results of the Presidential Election held on February 23, 2019.