Saturday, 20 May 2023

I need 3 weeks to call 100 witnesses against Tinubu — Atiku tells court

A former Vice President and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, who is challenging the outcome of the presidential election 

that was held on February 25, has requested three weeks to call 100 witnesses to prove his case against the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. 
Atiku and his party, at the resumed proceedings before the Presidential Election Petition Court, PEPC, sitting in Abuja, on Saturday, through his legal team led by Chief Chris Uche, SAN, disclosed that among those he has lined up to testify in the matter, would include expert witnesses and those he would ask the court to compel to mount the witness box.
“We may not even exhaust the three weeks because the issues are getting narrower, “Atiku’s lawyer, Uche SAN, he added.
All the parties in the suit agreed to streamline the numbers of witnesses as well as the duration of each party to call witnesses.
For the evidence in chief, they categorised them into 30 minutes for the lead witness because they will tender and identify documents.
They also proposed 15 minutes for each respondent for cross-examination and five minutes for re-examination of the lead witness of the petitioners. In addition, 10 minutes was proposed for other witnesses of the petitioners, as well as 10 minutes for cross-examination of these witnesses, by the respondents.
the star witnesses of the respondents — the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Tinubu and the APC — 30 minutes was proposed, while 30 minutes was proposed for cross-examination of the respondents’ witness, by the respondents.
INEC said it has two witnesses that will testify, while the counsel to President -elect said it had 39 witnesses ready.

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Labourer dies in Lagos church soakaway

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