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Buhari Ends Defence at Tribunal

President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) closed their defence in the petition filed by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

The petition by PDP and Atiku defied the victory of Buhari and APC in the February 23 Presidential poll.

Buhari who had opened his defence at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal on Tuesday and called seven witnesses between then and Wednesday was to continue his defence on Thursday.

Shortly after the matter was called on Wednesday, the President’s lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), announced to the five-man tribunal led by Justice Mohammed Garba that his team was satisfied with the seven witnesses they had led.

The tribunal sought the reaction of the APC’s lawyer, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), whose turn it was to open his client’s defence, said he and members of his team also found it unnecessary to call any further witness.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which is the first respondent did not also call any witness or tender any document.

In summary, there were seven defence witnesses against the 62 called by the petitioners.

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