Election Tribunal Okays 3 Weeks For Atiku To Present 100 Witnesses Against Tinubu

The Presidential Election Petition Court sitting in Abuja, has given the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the three weeks to call 100 witness to prove his case that Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress was not the winner of the presidential election.

The Justice Haruna Tsammani-led five-member panel, in its pre-hearing report, on Tuesday, said a total of 166 witnesses would be called to testify in the matter.

It stated that star witnesses in the petition would only be allowed to adopt their written depositions make oral submissions and identify documents where it is required.

While the court gave the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, two days to present its defence, it gave the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the All Progressives Congress, APC, five days each to defend the petition.

Justice Stephen Adah, who read the pre-hearing report, also drew attention of the parties to the fact that Atiku’s petition had been merged with the one that was filed by candidate of the Labour Party, LP, Mr. Peter Obi and the one that was filed by the Allied Peoples Movement, APM.

According to the court, the consolidation of the three petitions would ensure justice in the matter.

It added that the parties would adopt their final briefs of argument to enable the court fix a date for judgement.

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