Tuesday 23 May 2023

Presidential Tribunal Merges Atiku, Peter Obi, APM Petitions Against Tinubu, Fixes May 30 For Hearing

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal on Tuesday merged the petitions submitted by the various political parties while giving 

the pre-hearing report on the petition and presenting the trial schedule.
The chairman of the five-man panel of the court, Justice Haruna Tsammani, read the pre-hearing report which included the declaration of the court’s decision to consolidate all the petitions to be heard as one.
Following this, Tsammani announced that the hearing of the petition would commence on May 30, 2023.
Furthermore, he said after the adoption of written addresses on August 5, 2023, the court shall thereafter prepare for judgment.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, expressed support for the Presidential Tribunal Election’s motion to harmonise all three cases submitted to challenge Bola Ahmed Tinubu's victory in the 2023 elections.
This was revealed on Monday by Atiku's legal team, led by Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, who stated that the petitions' enormous importance warranted a prompt hearing.
The former Vice President noted various provisions of the Electoral Act 2022 that granted the court the authority to merge applications for expedited disposition in the interest of justice.
He had argued that, while being submitted by separate parties, the three petitions were all aimed at the same 2023 presidential election and the same pronouncement of Tinubu as winner.
“The petitions from their contents and foundation are flying together with equal force to the same direction of righting the wrongs in the election”, he said.
According to the former vice president, it is natural and acceptable for the Court to do everything in its power and under the law to bring justice to the parties.
He asked the Court to dismiss Tinubu's and the APC's objections, claiming that their goal was to delay the hearing of the petitions against natural justice.
However, the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC represented by Chief Kemi Pinheiro, SAN said it would abide by the decision of the Court.

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