Presidential Election Petitions Tribunalunal

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate in the 2019 election, Atiku Abubakar, has requested for more time from the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal to conclude their case.

Concise News had reported that Atiku and the PDP through their lawyer, Chris Uche (SAN), on Thursday received 45 cartons full of documents from the Independent National Electoral Commission to be tendered as an exhibit.

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It was gathered that the documents then rose to 55 cartons as of when the tribunal closed proceedings on Thursday to 75 as of Friday morning.

But speaking before the five-man panel on Friday, Uche said that they would not be able to conclude their case on Friday.

He, therefore, requested for more time as “a modification of the pre-hearing report” in which 10 days period was allocated to the petitioners to present their case and six days for each of the respondents to present their defence.

Uche said, “Today may appear to be our last day. But my lords, we are seeking a modification of the pre-hearing report.

“Today should not be construed as our last day. We are asking if my lords can give us tomorrow, Monday or Tuesday for us to conclude.”

Earlier, Justice Mohammed Garba who heads the five-man tribunal had said the court would not have the afternoon session of the Friday’s proceedings for undisclosed reasons.

Reacting, Buhari’s lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), insisted that should the court grant the “extension of time” it should be across the board for all the three respondents – INEC, Buhari and the All Progressives Congress.

Olanipekun also suggested that the court could only compensate the petitioners’ time that would be lost since the court would not sit in the afternoon by being allowed to conclude their case in the morning session of the next sitting day.

But the tribunal said that the petitioners had not asked for an extension of time but for a modification of the pre-hearing session.

Concise News gathered that Justice Garba asked the petitioners to continue with the case.