Atiku vs Buhari: What happened at Tribunal on Wednesday

The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal has adjourned to July 1 for ruling on the application by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar urging it to set aside its proceedings of June 11.

The chairman of the tribunal, Justice Mohammed Garba adjourned ruling on Tuesday after listening to parties in the matter.

Atiku and the PDP are challenging the proceeding of June 11 wherein the All Progressives Congress (APC) asked the tribunal to strike out some paragraphs in their petition.

Atiku and PDP filed an objection to the application but the APC withdrew their application on June 11 and filed a fresh one same day, which the PDP could not immediately reply to.

Thus, the party and its candidate wants the tribunal to quash the entire proceedings of the day.

At the resumed hearing on Wednesday, counsel to Atiku and PDP, Chris Uche (SAN) requested for time to reply on ‘points of law’ to the counter affidavits from both President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC on the application seeking to set aside the proceedings of June 11.

He also asked the court to give directives on the number of applications, witnesses and schedule of time for arguments for the substantive hearing of the petition.

But lawyers to INEC, Yunus Ustaz Usman (SAN); Buhari, Yusuf Ali (SAN); and APC, Lateed Fagbemi (SAN) all opposed the PDP’s application to give directives as to the petition.

They argued that it would make the record of the tribunal untidy and unwieldy.

Ali argued that if Atiku and PDP want to save time they should withdraw their application to enable the panel conclude pre-hearing session.

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