Tribunal Adjourns Obi’s Case, Fixes Date To Hear Atiku’s Petition

The presidential election petition tribunal has adjourned for further pre-hearing, the case filed by Labour Party, LP, and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi.

LP and Obi filed a petition disputing the declaration of All Progressives Congress candidate, Bola Tinubu by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, as the winner of the election.

Lead counsel to the LP an Obi, Livy Ozoukwu, in a petition marked CA/PEPC/03/2023 said Tinubu “was not duly elected by the majority of the lawful votes cast at the time of the election”.

The decisions among other claims, said that Kashim Shettima, vice-president-elect, had a double nomination in contravention of the electoral act.

They are equally praying the tribunal to declare Obi winner of the presidential poll or alternatively, order INEC to conduct a fresh election.

Livy Uzoukwu, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), at the pre-hearing session on Monday, announced an appearance for the petitioners.

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Lawyers to the APC, Tinubu, and INEC informed the tribunal that they had filed separate responses to the questions raised by the petitioners in their processes.

Afterwards, the five-member panel led by Haruna Tsammani, adjourned till Wednesday for further pre-hearing.

The court directed parties in the petition to identify all the witness statements and documents they would rely on or object to during the hearing of the petitions, The Cable reports. 

While Lateef Fagbemi is the lawyer for the APC, Wole Olanipekun is representing Tinubu. Abubakar Mahmoud is the counsel to INEC.

The tribunal also adjourned the petition of the Action Peoples Party (APP) to Wednesday for further pre-hearing.

However, pre-hearing session for Atiku Abubakar’s petition and Allied People’s Movement (APM) is expected to hold on Tuesday.

Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

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