Tribunal Steps Down Peter Obi Petition Against Tinubu Over Inconsistencies for Minutes

Thu Jun 1st, 2023 -

The Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) has stepped down the hearing of Peter Obi and the Labour Party petition against the election of President Bola Tinubu.

The tribunal dismissed the petition on Thursday following the poor schedule of documents being sought to be tendered to establish the allegations of malpractices during the Saturday, February 25 presidential election.

During its proceedings, the court cited some inconsistencies in the documents from the 23 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Benue State.

At the resumed hearing, the court discovered that the documents were not properly scheduled as ordered by the court.

Council to Obi and Labour Party, Emeka Okpoko, sought to use documents not filed to conduct the proceedings, but the move was rejected on the ground of illegality.

The court then adjourned the hearing of the petition and directed the legal team to go and re-file the schedule of documents in accordance with the provisions of the pre-hearing report.

Peter Obi and the vice presidential candidate, Datti Baba Ahmed, along with the leaders of the party, were in court to witness the proceedings.

Meanwhile, the five justices led by Justice Haruna Simon Tsammani hearing the petition have retired to their chambers to await when the legal team will put its house in order.




source: Guardian