Atiku informs the court that he needs three weeks to call 100 witnesses against Tinubu


Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president and PDP candidate, is contesting the results of the presidential election that was held on February 25. He has asked for three weeks to call 100 witnesses to support his case against Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the president-elect.

Atiku and his party revealed on Saturday that among the witnesses he has lined up to testify in the case are experts and people he will ask the court to compel to mount the witness stand during the resumed proceedings before the Presidential Election Petition Court, PEPC, sitting in Abuja.

The issues are becoming more focused, therefore we might not even use up the three weeks, said Atiku's attorney, Uche SAN.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, or INEC, announced to the court through its attorney, Abubakar Mahmood, SAN, that it would only bring two witnesses, but the President-elect, Tinubu, claimed he would only need two days to discredit Atiku's case.

Mr. Roland Otaro, SAN, Tinubu's principal attorney at the proceedings, further said that his client would invite 39 witnesses to testify before the court, in addition to any further people he might seek to have subpoenaed to appear.

The All Progressives Congress, APC, represented by Mr. Solomon Umoh, SAN, said that in order to call 39 witnesses before the court, it would also require two days.

In their combined petition, titled CA/PEPC/05/2023, Atiku and the PDP ask the court, among other things, to revoke the Certificate of Return that INEC granted to the President-elect.

According to the petitioners, Tinubu was declared the winner of the presidential election even though "the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2022 were not complied with." They further asserted that Tinubu was not legitimately elected by a majority of valid votes cast in the election, claiming that his election was illegal due to fraudulent activities. Having received the second-highest number of valid votes cast in the election, Atiku further asked the court to proclaim him the victor of the presidential race.

PDP Won the Election in 2023

According to Atiku, the party won the 2023 presidential election and would assert its right to the presidency before the tribunal. He exhorted the audience to hold out hope for a successful outcome.

"We are all aware that the PDP won the earlier election. The recovery of our mandate, which has been stolen, should be our main priority, Atiku remarked.

We're Taking Care Of The Problems

The party's interim national chairman, Umar Damagum, stated that the challenges affecting the party have been dealt with in his opening remarks. Additionally, he expressed confidence that the PDP will prevail at the tribunal.

"Having a just adjudication in the election petition is the only solution for the common man," he stated.


Atiku Abubakar was born on November 25, 1946, in the town of Jada, which was then governed by the British Cameroons. After a vote in 1961, the territory joined the Federation of Nigeria. His mother was Aisha Kande, while his father Garba Abubakar was a Fulani merchant and farmer. He was given the name Atiku Abdulqadir in honor of his paternal grandfather, who is from Wurno, Sokoto State, and moved to the village of Kojoli in Jada, Adamawa State. Inuwa Dutse, who is his maternal grandfather, moved to Jada, Adamawa State from Dutse, Jigawa State. He became the only child of his parents when his only sister passed away infancy. His father drowned in 1957 while attempting to cross a river to the nearby town of Toungo. Jada.


Atiku Abubakar's father hated the idea of a Western education and worked to keep him out of the conventional educational system. Abubakar's father was detained for a few days by the government while waiting for Aisha Kande's mother to pay the fine when it was revealed that he was skipping out on required schooling. Abubakar began attending the Jada Primary School in Adamawa when he was eight years old. He entered Adamawa Provincial Secondary School in 1960, the same year he finished primary school, together with 59 other pupils. After earning a grade three on the West African Senior School Certificate Examination, he completed secondary school in 1965.

Abubakar spent a brief period of time studying at the Nigeria Police College in Kaduna after finishing secondary school. Leaving the After a brief stint as a tax officer in the regional ministry of finance, where he was admitted to the School of Hygiene in Kano in 1966 after failing to submit an O-Level Mathematics result, he briefly attended college. He served as the interim student union president at the university and received a diploma in 1967. He received a grant from the local government and participated in the Ahmadu Bello University Institute of Administration's Law Diploma program in 1967. He worked for the Nigeria Customs Service after graduating in 1969 and throughout the Nigerian Civil War.

Abubakar earned his Master's degree in international relations from Anglia Ruskin University in 2021 and passed the program with honors.

Relationships and personal life

Abubakar has 28 kids total from his four spouses. In his own words, Atiku: "I wanted to grow the Abubakar family. As a child, I experienced severe loneliness. I lacked a sister and a brother. I did not want my kids to experience loneliness like I did. This is the reason I wed multiple wives. My wives are a perfect compliment to one another since they are my sisters, companions, and advisors.

He secretly wed Titilayo Albert in Lagos in 1971 despite her family's initial opposition. He had four children with her: Fatima, Adamu, Halima, and Aminu. He wed Ladi Yakubu, his second wife, in 1979. Abba, Atiku, Zainab, Ummi-Hauwa, Maryam, and Rukaiyatu are his six children with Ladi. In 1983, he

Princess Rukaiyatu, the daughter of Aliyu Mustafa, the Lamido of Adamawa, became his third bride. Aisha, Hadiza, Aliyu (named after her late father), Asmau, Mustapha, Laila, and Abdulsalam are her children. Ladi was eventually divorced by Abubakar, allowing him to take Jennifer Iwenjiora Douglas as his fourth wife—the most allowed by Islam. He wed Fatima Shettima, his fifth wife (although only his fourth legally, due to his previous divorce with Ladi), in 1986. Amina (Meena), Mohammed, the twins Zainab and Aisha, Ahmed and Shehu, and Hafsat are some of her children.[Reference needed]

In a statement to the media on February 1, 2022, Jennifer Douglas declared her separation from Abubakar final. She claims that their relationship ended because of conflicts.


Abubakar spent twenty years working for the Nigeria Customs Service, eventually getting to the post of Deputy Director, the second-highest position at the time. He retired in April 1989 and started working full-time in business and politics. As a young Customs Officer, he got his start in the real estate industry.

Actual estate

He asked for and was granted a loan of 31,000 naira in 1974 to build his first home in Yola, which he then rented out. He bought a second plot and built a second home using the rent money. He persisted in doing this, amassing a sizable portfolio of real estate in Yola, Nigeria. He entered agriculture in 1981, purchasing 2,500 hectares of land close to Yola to launch a farm.

cotton and corn farming. The company ran into financial trouble and shut down in 1986. He admitted failure in an April 2014 blog post, saying, "My first foray into agriculture, in the 1980s, ended in failure. After that, he started trading, purchasing and reselling truckloads of sugar, flour, and rice.[Reference needed]


When Abubakar worked as a customs officer at the Apapa Ports, he made his most significant business decision. He was invited to establish Nigeria Container Services (NICOTES), a logistics business operating inside the Ports, by Italian businesswoman Gabrielle Volpi in Nigeria. Later on, NICOTES would change its name to Intels Nigeria Limited and bring Abubakar enormous money. Abubakar is one of the co-founders of Intels Nigeria Limited, a large-scale oil servicing company with activities both domestically and abroad. Other business of Atiku Interests are concentrated in Yola, Adamawa, and include the American University of Nigeria (AUN), the first private university in Sub-Saharan Africa built in the American model, the animal feed factory Adama Beverages Limited, and the beverage production facility. After retiring in April 1989, he returned to business and politics full-time.

participation in business

Since then, he has been the target of claims of conflict of interest due to his involvement in business while a federal officer with supervisory responsibilities. Abubakar has justified the choice on his end, claiming that his engagement was restricted to share ownership (which was permissible by government regulations) and that he was not involved in the day-to-day management of the company. His company, NICOTES, then changed its name to INTELS and went on to play a significant role in the allegations of money laundering made against Abubakar by the U.S. government during his vice presidential term.

First term as Vice President of Nigeria

Vice-President's seal.

Abubakar was sworn in as Nigeria's vice president on May 29, 1999. He co-supervised the sale of hundreds of loss-making and badly run governmental firms with Nasir El Rufai during his first term as Chairman of the National Economic Council and head of the National Council for Privatization.[Reference needed]

Two terms

Stormy relations between Abubakar and President Obasanjo characterized his second term as vice president. As a result of President Olusegun Obasanjo's purported attempt to modify key articles of the constitution in order to run for office again (Third Term Agenda), Abubakar and Obasanjo engaged in a bitter public feud in 2006.

Third term schedule

the argument Resulting from the unsuccessful constitutional amendment, a schism in the People's Democratic Party developed. Eventually, the National Assembly vetoed the modifications allowing Obasanjo to seek reelection. In order to prepare for the 2007 elections, Abubakar left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and joined the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in 2006 after developing a rift with President Olusegun Obasanjo

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