The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has given the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, the chance to begin calling their witnesses on Thursday to prove their petition against the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 23 poll.
The Justice Mohammed Garba-led tribunal of five judges announced this on Wednesday, marking the end of the pre-hearing session in respect of the petition.
Addressing lawyers representing the parties in the case on Wednesday, Justice Garba said, “You will recall on Monday that you indicated that trial should begin on Thursday.
“In line with that, the pre-hearing session for this petition will have to end today (Wednesday) to enable us to commence trial in respect of this petition from Thursday, July 4, 2019.
“It is on that basis that I will now present the report of the report of the pre-hearing session.”
Garba has subsequently presented the report and closed the pre-hearing court session.
Concise News had reported that the PDP and Atiku on Monday told the Election Petition Tribunal that they had proposed to call 400 witnesses to prove their petition against President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory.
They will have only 14 days to do this and tender all documents they need to prove their case.
The Justice Mohammed Garba-led five-man tribunal said the 14 days period is prescribed under paragraph 16(3) of the First Schedule to the Electoral Act.
In response, the lead counsel for the petitioners, Dr. Livy Uzoukwu (SAN), said as much as his clients had proposed 400 witnesses, they “intend to call as many witnesses as possible within the prescribed time”.