President Bola Tinubu has petitioned the Supreme Court to dismiss the forgery evidence presented by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate in the 2023 election, Atiku Abubakar.
In its decision on September 6, the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal dismissed Atiku’s petition challenging the outcome of the February 25 presidential election.
According to the tribunal, the former Vice President failed to substantiate all of the allegations in his petition, resulting in his petitions being dismissed.
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On September 18, however, Atiku filed a notice of appeal with the Supreme Court, requesting that the whole tribunal’s findings and conclusions be set aside.
The PDP candidate said in the appeal that the tribunal’s conclusions contained “grave errors and gross misrepresentation,” resulting in a miscarriage of justice.
Tinubu said in a counter-affidavit filed on Thursday, October 12, that the Supreme Court should dismiss Atiku’s forgery evidence because the deposition of the Registrar of Chicago State University (CSU), Caleb Westberg, was conducted by U.S. attorneys rather than certified judicial officers.
The President said that the deposition’s substance could not be trusted and that it was not held in a neutral setting because Dechert LLP, the law firm representing Atiku, chose their West Wacker office as the venue.
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He said: “I know as a fact that neither Gwendolyn Bedford nor any other person present at the deposition is a judicial officer.
“DECHERT LLP referenced as the venue of the deposition, is the law office where Angela Liu, Esq., counsel to the 1st appellant herein, serves as partner.”
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