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Breaking: Court throws away Atiku’s returning officer’s request to amend statement

The Presidential Election Petition Court has rejected the request by the national returning officer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of the last presidential election, Osita Chidoka to amend his written statement on oath.

Chidoka, who mounted the witness box a few minutes ago, as the petitioners’ fourth and star witness for the day, was asked by the petitioners’ lawyer, Chris Uche (SAN) to identify and adopt his written statement, as was the case with other earlier witnesses, The Nation reports.

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Unlike the case with other witnesses before him, Chidoka sought to amend some portions of his written deposition (statement on oath) before he will adopt as his statement in the case before the court.

While Chidoka went about identifying the part of his statement he wanted to amend, but which the court rejected on the grounds that, having signed as his, he could no longer amend.

Recall that Legit.ng earlier reported that the tribunal also, on Friday, July 19, turned down a request by the party and Atiku for an extension of time to conclude their cases.

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The chairman of the court, Justice Mohammed Garba, while rejecting the request, noted that the court would continue with proceedings to enable the petitioners conclude their case.

It was gathered that the Atiku and the PDP demanded for more time from the tribunal after their lawyers presented more documents to justify their petition challenging President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory at February 23, 2019, election.

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