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Presidential Tribunal: Atiku Begs For More Time To Conclude Case

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The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar, has appealed to the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal for more time to close their case.

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar, has appealed to the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal for more time to close their case.

Africa News24 (AN24) reports that today (Friday) is the last day of the 10 days given to the duo to conclude their case at the tribunal.

Recall that the PDP and former Vice President Atiku are challenging the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari at the 2019 general election.

Counsel to the duo, Chris Uche (SAN) hinted that they would not be able to conclude their case on Friday.

Uche presented his request for more time as “a modification of the pre-hearing report” in which 10 days period was allocated to the petitioners to present their case and six days for each of the respondents to present their defence.

He said, “Today may appear to be our last day. But my lords, we are seeking a modification of the pre-hearing report.

“Today should not be construed as our last day.

“We asking if my lords can give us tomorrow, Monday or Tuesday for us to conclude.”

Reacting, Buhari’s lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), insisted that should the court grant the “extension of time” it should be across the board for all the three respondents – INEC, Buhari and the All Progressives Congress.

Olanipekun also suggested that the court could only compensate the petitioners’ time that would be lost since the court would not sit in the afternoon by being allowed to conclude their case in the morning session of the next sitting day.

But the tribunal said that the petitioners had not asked for an extension of time but for a modification of the pre-hearing session.

Recall that some of the documents requested by the PDP and Atiku have been made available by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal had on Wednesday, mandated INEC to make the documents available to the petitioners latest by Thursday noon.

The tribunal’s order comes after complaints by the petitioners that the subpoenas issued and served on INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, and the commission’s Residential Electoral Commissioner in Zamfara State had not been complied with.




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