Tinubu doesn’t need to score 25 percent votes in  FCT to be declared winner – Witness

 

A witness who is the Senate Majority Leader, Senator Micheal Bamidele, has told the Presidential Election Petition Court, PEPC, that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu does not need to score 25 percent of votes cast in FCT to be declared winner of the February 25 election.

The witness who was crossed examined on Wednesday by Eyitayo Jegede, SAN counsel to Atiku Abubakar and the People Democratic Party (PDP) said although Abuja is the federal capital of Nigeria but has no special status other than that. 

The witness maintained that Abuja is a symbol of unity, just as other state capitals such as Kano, Ibadan, Enugu, and others are also centers of unity. 

He agreed with the petitioner’s counsel that President Tinubu scored 19.4 percent in total votes cast in FCT. 

The witness insisted that it did not matter if Tinubu emerged as the first person to be declared president without scoring  25 percent votes in FCT and not winning his home state,

According to the witness, the judgment of the US court on the forfeiture of $460,000 has Tinubu’s name but not as a criminal suspect but as civil proceedings, insisting that it was civil forfeiture and not a criminal forfeiture.

Under reexamination by counsel to APC, the witness agreed that there cannot be a conviction without a charge, trial, or indictment and that exhibits AR7 and AR8 gave Tinubu a clean bill of health as far as an indictment of criminal record in the US is concerned. 

The witness said by the judgment of the federal high court Abuja, in a suit filed by labour party against INEC on the mode of collation of election results held that INEC is at liberty to use any mode of collation it deems fit. 

After the testimony of President Tinubu’s sole witness, Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN announced the closure of Tinubu’s defence, while Lateef Fagbemi, SAN announced for APC.

Fagbemi said, “Having taken a sober reflection of the entire case we have enough evidence and we are not calling any witness, we announced the closure of the case of the 3rd respondent”

Meanwhile, the PEPC has given the respondents 10 days to file their final written addresses, and the petitioner 7 days to respond and 5 days to reply on point of law.