PDP witness discredits Atiku’s claim
CJN admits guilt
THE Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) siting in Abuja has ordered Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to produce documents on election results that were requested by People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
These are some of the documents that PDP and Atiku are seeking to tender in evidence.
The tribunal made the order yesterday while delivering its ruling on an application by Counsel to PDP, Chief Chris Uche (SAN).
Delivering the ruling, Chairman of the five-man panel, Justice Mohammed Garba ordered Chairman of INEC, Prof Mahmud Yakubu to produce the documents before 12 noon today and also ordered Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Zamfara to produce results sheets of all polling units in the state.
But the 55th witness invited by PDP, Lawal Mohammed Danja, faulted results of the last presidential election in Katsina state as presented by the party and Atiku.
Stating how he served as PDP collation agent in Danja area of Katsina state, under cross examination by Counsel to President Muhammadu Buhari, Dayo Akinlaja (SAN), the witness said he does not agree with scores allotted to both PDP and All Progressives Congress (APC) in the version filed by PDP.
Meanwhile, Ag. Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Ibrahim Tanko Muhammed has explained that Nigeria’s judiciary has been infested with corrupt elements even before he assumed the post.
Muhammed dropped the bombshell yesterday while fielding questions from senators before his confirmation as substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria, revealing that the trend has not changed even under his watch.
“I always say that Nigeria judiciary is part and parcel of Nigeria and I am not surprised seeing some judges being corrupt. But they must be treated same way other corrupt elements are treated. Long ago, I was a magistrate in Bauchi, when I finished law school and went to NYSC. I came back and then we had a white man as our boss, there was no corruption. Later, when we had a black man we started having problems,” he said.
According to him, only timely review of Nigeria’s criminal law will stamp corruption out of judiciary.
“Left for me, there is a need to look at our criminal laws again with a view to dealing with corruption in the society. Some criminals are couching on loopholes in our laws and I want to urge the legislators to amend laws to sanitize the society.
In the 50s and 60s up to 70s, you cannot open your door and sleep with your eyes closed,” he added.
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