Africa News24 (AN24) has obtained the summary of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal which continued hearing earlier today in the petitions filed by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, his party and three other political parties challenging the declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of the 2019 presidential poll.
The presidential election petition tribunal has adjourned sitting in the petition challenging the victory of President Buhari in the February 23 presidential election.
This online news platform recalls Hope Democratic Party (HDP) had earlier filed a motion seeking to stop the swearing-in of President Buhari on May 29, 2019.
Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, the chairman of the Tribunal and President of the Court of Appeal, announced the tribunal’s decision during Monday’s sitting.
The chairman said May 22 has been fixed to hear an application seeking an order to restrain Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) or any other Justice from swearing-in Muhammadu Buhari as president on May 29.
AN24 understands that the HDP claims Buhari should not be making plans for the inauguration while the matter is still pending in court.
“The application filed by the appellants/applicants and all other interlocutory applications are hereby adjourned until May 22 for hearing.
“It is hereby ordered that all exchanges of processes and filing of respondents’ briefs are done within the period specified.
“The sitting on the petition filed by the Chief Ambrose Albert Owuru and the Hope Democratic Party (HDP) is hereby adjourned until May 22’’, Bulkachua held.
Although, the petitioner said it has announced the application, the respondent including counsels to President Buhari, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said they have not been served with the motion.
In response, counsel to INEC asked the tribunal to award a cost of N1million against the petitioner – Hope Democratic Party.
On his part, Wole Olanipekun, counsel to President Buhari, did not ask for cost but however said he needs time to go through the application.
Olanipekun also told the tribunal that he has an application on behalf of the president seeking to dismiss the petition of the Hope Democratic Party.
Buhari’s Counsel notified the tribunal of an application he filed seeking the dismissal of the petition of the Hope Democratic Party.
In his reply, Counsel to the Hope Democratic Party, Oliver Enya, told the tribunal that he will be objecting to the application because it touches on facts that are in the substantive suit.
Other political parties, including the major opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar are also challenging President Buhari’s victory.