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Election Tribunal adjourns Atiku’s petition against Tinubu to May 18



The joint petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party {PDP} and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar against the election of the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu before the Presidential Election Petition Court {PEPC} sitting in Abuja, was, on Thursday, adjourned to May 18, 2023.

The Justice Haruna Tsammani-led five-member panel adjourned the petition till May 18 for the continuation of the pre-hearing session.

Chief Chris Uche {SAN}, counsel for the petitioners, had informed the court that the parties met and agreed on modalities to be adopted with a view to ensuring a seamless progression of the pre-hearing session.

Uche said: “My lords, counsel for the respective parties have met and put heads together to harmonize and streamline the vital areas and components of the pre-hearing process.

“The first item resolved by the various counsel are documents and we agreed to set up a team together to look at the documents and agree on them in order to eliminate objections while tendering them from the Bar during the hearing.

“We intend to complete that between Monday and Tuesday next week and then prepare a schedule of documents to facilitate the hearing.

“The second one is the issues for trial. For the petitioners we have filed ours on May 11, that is today, and served it on all the parties, subject to any modifications by the honourable court.

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“Lastly, with respect to motions pending before your lordships, for us at the moment we have just one motion filed on May 7.

“We are yet to receive responses of the Respondents in respect of the motion which is for televising of the proceedings.

“All together, we have been served with four motions; two from the 1st Respondent and two from the 3rd Respondent.

“We have reacted to the first one by the 1st Respondent and preparing our response to the other ones since we were served not long ago.

“We have agreed to file all our responses and take all of them next week Thursday, subject to the convenience of the court.”

Counsel for the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Mr. A. B. Mahmood {SAN}, that of the President-elect, Chief Wole Olanipekun {SAN}, and that of the All Progressives Congress {APC}, Chief Charles Edosomwon {SAN} all confirmed the report by counsel for the petitioners.

The respondents however said they will file their responses on the application for live coverage of proceedings of the court before Monday.

Justice Tsammani, while adjourning the matter, commended the parties for their cooperation and agreement, saying it would assist in quick conclusion of the pre-hearing session.

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