Nigeria’s Presidential Election Petition Tribunal will on May 15 begin hearing a petition filed by opposition party Peoples Democratic Party.
The PDP and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar are challenging the February 23 presidential election results.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) won the election with 56 percent of votes.
Mr. Atiku according to the electoral commission managed 41 percent of the votes.
President Buhari according to INEC won by 3.9 million votes. He garnered 15.2 million to Atiku’s 11.3 million.
Atiku Abubakar however has rejected the election results. He described the elections as a sham and decided to challenge the results in court.
Atiku maintains that there were many instances of violence and intimidation that made it difficult for him to accept the election results.
He said shortly after the election results were released that “With regards to the Presidential elections that took place on February 23, 2019, it is clear that there were manifest and premeditated malpractices in many states which negate the results announced.
The suppressed votes in my strongholds are so apparent and amateurish, that I am ashamed as a Nigerian that such could be allowed to happen. How can total votes in Akwa-Ibom, for instance, be 50% less than what they were in 2015?”
The Presidential Election Petition tribunal’s president Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, announced the date for the hearing on Wednesday at its inaugural sitting.