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Just in: Atiku, PDP close case at election tribunal after presenting 62 witnesses

- The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday, July 19, closed its case at the tribunal

- The development came after the party had presented 62 witnesses in the court

- The case was therefore adjourned till Monday, July 29, when the defendants will open their case

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has told the presidential petition tribunal of his decision to close its case.

The PDP made the announcement after presenting its last witness, Osita Chidoka, who is also a former aviation minister and the party’s national collation officer at the last presidential election, Premium Times reports.

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The appearance of the Chidoka at the court makes it 62 witnesses that the petitioners have presented before the tribunal.

The collation agent during a cross-examination said one Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’s agent had told him that the central server existed and had been used by INEC.

The tribunal, therefore, adjourned to Monday, July 29, for respondents to open their defence.

Recall that Legit.ng earlier reported that the court rejected Chidoka's request to amend his statement before he would adopted the same on Friday, July 19.

The collation officer was asked by the petitioners’ lawyer, Chris Uche (SAN) to identify and adopt his written statement, which has been the case with other witnesses.

It was also gathered that the court also rejected the PDP's and Atiku Abubakar's request for more time on their case.

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

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It was learnt that they 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.

Chris Uche, counsel to the PDP, reportedly made the request for more time, following the tribunal’s decision not to hold an afternoon session.

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