The Labour Party’s Mr. Peter Gregory Obi has been given three weeks by the Presidential Election Petition Court, or PEPC, to submit their joint petition contesting the presidential election on February 25.
The petition’s target, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, was also given a five-day deadline by the court to defend his election victory alongside the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Through his lawyer, Professor Awa Kalu SAN, Obi had asked for seven weeks to prove their claims on the contested election that produced Tinubu.
On Tuesday, Justice Haruna Simon Tsammani, the court’s chairman, issued the directive while presenting the court’s report on the pre-hearing sessions.
Justice Tsammani mandated, among other things, that Obi’s petition be opened for hearing on May 30 and closed on June 23.
The Court claimed that the short window of time in which the petition must be resolved led to its judgment.
Obi, who was present to observe the proceedings, requested permission from the court to leave as soon as the order of the Court was announced, explaining that they would be getting ready for the full-blown hearing of the petition.
To facilitate a quick hearing, the Court has in the meanwhile ordered the aggregation of the petitions.
The Court dismissed Tinubu and the All Progressives Congress’ (APC) fierce opposition to the consolidation.
Details to come.
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