*Presidential Election Petition Tribunal*
*Summary of August 1, 2019 Proceedings*
- *Buhari, APC beats a tactical retreat* The 2nd and the 3rd Respondents, President Muhammadu Buhari and his Party, the APC, today at the Court of Appeal, Abuja, beats a tactical retreat after sensing that their witnesses and evidence presented in court is damaging their cases the more.
The lead counsel to President Muhammadu Buhari, Chief Wole Olanipekun announced the closure of his case in court after spending only two days out of the six days allotted to him by the tribunal.
In a similar manner, the lead counsel to the APC, Chief Fagbemi who rose to support the closure of President Buhari’s case, opened the case for the APC and within some minutes without presenting any witness or evidence, announced that the party is satisfied with case and therefore declared that they are also closing their case at the tribunal.
You will recall that the witnesses presented by President Buhari on Tuesday and Wednesday caused more harm to him than good.
One of the witness, who was admitted into the army with General Buhari on Tuesday debunked President Buhari’s posture that his credentials were taken from him during recruitment. The General told the Court point blank that it’s not true that their academic credentials were taken from them during recruitment.
Another major damage to the President’s defense was the WAEC Deputy Registrar, who told the Court on Wednesday that the Cambridge assessment international education certified statement of results presented to the court by President Buhari was not issued by WAEC and that WAEC did not issue any certificate to President Buhari.
Sensing that their own witnesses are causing more harm to them, President Buhari and the APC this morning at the court of appeal made a tactical withdrawal, closing their cases without exhausting the six days each allotted to them by the tribunal.
The court has now adjourned to Wednesday August 21, 2019 for counsel to adopt their final written addresses.