The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has fixed August 21 for the adoption of final addresses over the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar challenging the declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of the February 23, presidential election.
Concise News gathered that the court’s presiding justice, Justice Mohammed Garba announced the date at the conclusion of proceedings on Thursday.
The court adjourned for the adoption of final written addresses after lead lawyers to President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) – Wole Olanipekun (SAN) and Lateef Fagbemi -announced that the 2nd and 3rd respondents (Buhari and APC) were closing their defense in the case.
In their submissions, they asked the court to permit them to begin to exchange their addresses from Monday, August 5 to Wednesday, August 7.
Recall that the Buhari’s legal team made use of only three days out of the six days fixed for defenses but the legal team representing the APC declined to call any witnesses for the defense.
Chairman of the tribunal, Mohammed Garba after due consideration of the submissions from the respondents and petitioner’s legal teams ruled that parties should begin to exchange addresses from August 5 and end by August 16.
Garba also affirmed the adjournment of the proceedings to August 21 for the adoption of final addresses.