On July 4, the Independent National Electoral Commission’s defense hearing will now take place. The Presidential Petition Election Court made the decision to do so.
On June 23, the court set the date of Monday, July 3, for respondents to commence their case in defense of the petition brought by aggrieved parties disputing the outcome of the election that took place on February 25 and resulted in Bola Tinubu being elected as president.
The electoral commission was due to argue against the Labour Party’s and Peter Obi’s appeal this morning. This was the plan, according to the schedule.
During the hearings on Monday, the attorney for INEC, A.B. Mahmoud, SAN, informed the court that the commission had billed three witnesses to give their evidence in favor of their defense. These witnesses are expected to provide information that will help INEC’s case.
On the other hand, he stated that the witness who was supposed to provide testimony could not make it to the courtroom for inexplicable reasons.
After that, he requested that the discussion be postponed until the next day.
After the other parties to the case reached an agreement, the PEPC, presided over by Justice Haruna Tsammani, took the proposal into consideration.
Three losing parties and the candidates who ran for those parties are contesting the results of the presidential election in court.
The petitioners are the Labor Party and its candidate, Obi; the People’s Democratic Party and Atiku Abubakar, the party’s nominee; and the Allied Peoples Movement.
Following this, the parties and their candidates took the election commission, Tinubu and Kassim Shettima, as well as their party, the APC, to court in separate petitions.
They presented their last piece of evidence on June 23, after which the court turned the case back over to the respondents so that they could present their defense.