President Buhari, yesterday, failed to convince the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, to reject 48 video clips of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, tendered in support of their case against his re-election.
In a congruent decision, the Justice Mohammed Garba led five-member tribunal, admitted the video discloses in evidence, even as it gave the petitioners the cue to play three of them in the open court.
The video clips which was tendered through Atiku’s media aide, Mr.Segun Showunmi, was marked as exhibits P-36 to P-83, while the Certificate of Compliance was admitted as exhibit P-84.
Mr. Showunmi appeared as the 40th witness of the petitioners who is challenging the outcome of the February 23 presidential election that was declared in favour of President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, (APC).
The petitioners had through their lawyer, Chief Chris Uche, (SAN), notified the tribunal of their decision to identify and play some video clips to authentisify the petition, especially as it relates to their claim that INEC transmitted results of the presidential poll to a central server, as well as the allegation that President Buhari does not possess the requisite educational qualification to contest.
Unflinching to allow the tribunal judges to watch the clips, the petitioners brought a big television and video machine to the court.
Respondents to the petition, INEC, President Buhari and APC, vehemently challenged the legality of the exhibits and any attempt to play the videos.
They contended that the exhibits were not front-loaded by the petitioners, insisting that admitting it in evidence would amount to clear breach of Paragraphs 4(6c) and 41(2) of the 1st Schedule to the Electoral Act.
The tribunal stood down the proceeding for about an hour, after which it reconvened and dismissed the objections.
Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Garba, held that all the parties had agreed during the pre-hearing stage of the petition to only indicate their objection to any evidence sought to be tendered, and reserve their reasons for the written address.
He said all the parties were bound by the agreement and could not renege or deliberately deviate from any of the terms.