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Tribunal Adjourns Hearing In Atiku’s Petition To July 1



The presidential election petition tribunal has adjourned the pre-hearing session in the petition filed by candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, and his party, PDP to July 1,2019.

Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Mohammed Lawal Garba, fixed the date, following request by Atiku’s lawyer, Chief Chris Uche, SAN, for time to enable the petitioners reply on point of law to APCs objection to their application asking the tribunal to stop its ruling in the APC motion seeking to void their petition.

Atiku and his party had filed a fresh motion asking the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal to halt the delivery of its ruling in a motion on notice filed by the APC to enable them file their response.

The APC had in the motion on notice filed by its lead counsel, Prince Lateef Fagbemi SAN on May 15, prayed the tribunal to void and strike out Atiku’s petition on various grounds of alleged irregularities and mon compliance with the legal practitioners Act.

When the motion was argued by Fagbemi, Atiku and PDP did not file counter affidavit, prompting the tribunal to reserved ruling in the APC’s motion.

But during the proceedings yesterday, lead counsel to the petitioners, Chief Uche, informed the tribunal that the petitioners had just received the response of the APC to their request asking the tribunal to stop delivery of ruling in the motion and would need time to respond on point of law.

The tribunal chairman, Justice Mohammed Garba after listening to short argument by parties adjourned further hearing till July 1.



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