Presidential Tribunal: INEC’s Defence Adjourned To July 4

The Presidential Petition Election Court today adjourned the hearing of the defence filed by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to Tuesday, July 4.

Recall that the court had on June 23 fixed Monday, July 3 for respondents to open their case in defence of the petition filed by the aggrieved parties challenging the declaration of Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as the president.

The electoral umpire was scheduled to offer their argument against the petition filed by the Labour Party and its presidential candidate, Peter Ob, on Monday morning.

Counsel for INEC, A.B Mahmoud, SAN, during proceedings on Monday told the court that the commission had scheduled three witnesses to give their testimony in aid of their defence.

But he said that the witness who was supposed to testify was unavoidably unable to show up.

He then prayed the court to move the mater to the next day.

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Head of the PEPC, Justice Haruna Tsammani, granted the request following the agreement of other parties in the case.

The outcome of the presidential poll is being challenged by three aggrieved parties.

The petitioners are the LP and Obi; the Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar and the Allied Peoples Movement.

Following, the parties, together with their candidates in separate petitions dragged the electoral commission, the president, his Vice – Kassim Shetima and their party, the APC to court. They had closed their case on June 23, leaving the stage for respondents in the matter to table their defence before the court.

Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

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