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Friday, June 14, 2024

BREAKING: LP/Obi failed to continue with case at tribunal


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African Voice Magazine reports that on Wednesday, May 31st, the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) witnessed a setback for the Labour Party (LP) and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, as they failed to proceed with their case. The court had scheduled additional hearings for the day, allowing the LP to present more witnesses and submit relevant documents. However, during the mention of the case, Awa Kalu (SAN), the petitioners’ lawyer, informed the court that they were facing challenges at their secretariat, hindering them from proceeding as planned. Kalu explained that two crucial staff members at the secretariat fell ill, rendering it impossible to continue with the proceedings. Consequently, Kalu requested an adjustment and proposed resuming on Thursday instead.

Representatives of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Bola Tinubu, and the All Progressives Congress (APC) did not oppose Kalu’s request for an adjournment. However, Abubakar Mahmoud (SAN), counsel for INEC, suggested that the court should note this day against the petitioners and deduct it from the allocated time for their case.

Presiding Justice (PJ), Justice Haruna Tsammani, ruled in favor of Kalu’s request, granting the adjournment until 9 am on Thursday. Unfortunately for the petitioners, their performance on Wednesday was disappointing, as they were only able to utilize a fraction of the three-hour time slot allocated to them. They managed to call one witness and submit two sets of documents before the proceedings adjourned.

The PEPC planned to resume its sitting at 2 pm on the same day to continue hearing the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Atiku Abubakar.