President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday opened his defence in the petition filed by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
The panel had, on Monday granted the request of Buhari’s attorney, Wole Olanipekun (SAN) to open their defence today (Tuesday) after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) refuses to present any witness in defence of the petition.
At Tuesday’s hearing, Olanipekun presented a number of documents, including the ones he described as certified true copies of certificates and results of Cambridge examinations which Buhari took in 1961.
According to Olanipekun, the documents included certified true copies of Cambridge Assessment International Education School Certificate for Second Division Grade II in 1961; and the Cambridge Assessment for lectures received by Buhari.
He also presented a group photo of Katsina Provincial School pupils, including Buhari, while graduating in 1961; and the printout of a news report published on January 22, 2015, in respect of that set.
In all, the President’s attorney presented 29 documents.
The President’s Chief of Staff (CoS) Abba Kyari was called to testify as a witness at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.
Kyari, in his testimony during cross-examination by the counsel to the APC, Lateef Fagbemi, said he collected Buhari’s certificates from Cambridge on July 18, 2019.
The CoS who has been with Buhari since August 27, 2015, stressed that he has known the President for over 40 years and would be able to identify him in photographs when he was younger.
He affirmed that Adamawa State was a part of Cameroon under the United Nations mandate in those days.
When asked if he was aware that Northern Cameroon chose to stay with Nigeria, and he answered in the affirmative.
He noted that Atiku Abubakar was born in 1946 in Jedda, which he said was a part of Northern Cameroon.