The Atiku Campaign has asked the Presidential Election Petition Court, PEPC to explain why the insignia of the Tinubu Legal Team was on the Certified True Copy, CTC of the judgment of the court. The Atiku team has also asked the PEPC to explain why it preferred to give the CTC of the judgment first to the Tinubu team which is not appealing the judgment and not the Atiku team which was in urgent need of the document.
The posers were raised in a statement issued by Phrank Shaibu, special assistant on public communications to Atiku Abubakar.
The statement read thus:
After causing needless delay in availing the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar and his legal team Certified True Copies of its judgment, the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) must explain to Nigerians and the world ambiguities around why copies of the judgment bears the header of the Tinubu Presidential Legal Team.
It is not our intention to stir up controversy on the matter, but it is very important that the PEPC should tell Nigerians why they chose to affix the header of the Respondents on the CTC copy of their judgment, whereas the copies that went to the petitioners did not have the same.
Was that because the Tinubu Legal Team is deemed to be accorded special privileges? The court must explain!
It is very clear that there are many questions begging for answers, including why the PEPC came to the decision to avail the Respondents, especially the Tinubu Legal Team to have a first receipt of the CTC of the judgment before the Plaintiffs.
The curiosity is more confounding based on the fact that the lead counsel to Atiku and the PDP had pleaded in the open court to have express receipt of the judgment, to which Justice Haruna Tsammani agreed to and promised to make the document available the following day, which was Thursday.
Nigerians want to know why the PEPC confers special privileges to the Tinubu Legal Team by making them have a first custody of copies of the PEPC judgment, even though it was more urgent for the Petitioners who needed the document in order to cause an appeal to the Supreme Court within 14 days including weekends