The PEPC grants Peter Obi’s request for an adjournment of the petition because important staff members are ill.
Mr. Peter Obi and the Labour Party are contesting the results of the February 25 presidential election. Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress was proclaimed the victor by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The Presidential Election Petition Court, or PEPC, which was meeting in Abuja on Wednesday, postponed Peter Obi’s hearing to Thursday.
Obi and the Labour Party are contesting the results of the February 25 presidential election. Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress was proclaimed the victor by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The adjournment, meanwhile, came after Obi’s attorney appealed.
Due to the illness of two of their essential employees, the lawyers requested that the tribunal postpone the hearing.
According to reports, Obi’s legal team, which was under the direction of Prof. Awa Kalu, SAN, informed the court on Wednesday that the staff members had suddenly fallen ill. KALU claimed that his plans to present crucial papers to the court to support his claim that the presidential election was rigged in President Tinubu’s favor were impacted by the indisposition of the pair, who were regarded as being a key component of his legal secretariat.
“My lords, we had planned for the proceedings to begin with the presentation of our documents, but regrettably, something unexpected happened.
“The sudden illness of two of our key employees is an unexpected event, so I feel compelled to ask for a postponement until tomorrow.
“I tell my lords that we will be here tomorrow morning and we will proceed with gusto,” Kalu begged. “It is with the utmost humility and apology that we make this application.
Obi’s attorney alerted President Tinubu’s main attorney, Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, about the development prior to the Wednesday hearing, according to testimony before the five-member panel, which was presided over by Justice Haruna Tsammani.
Olanipekun responded by informing the court that he had no objections to the request for an adjournment.
The counsel for the APC, Prince Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, and Mr. Abubakar Mahmood, SAN, who represented INEC, both stated that they were equally open to the plea.
The respondents asked the court to reduce the three weeks that were initially scheduled for Obi to submit his case by one day.
Justice Tsammani made a swift decision to accept the application and postpone the petition until Thursday.
Obi and the LP reportedly announced their intention to call a total of 50 witnesses in the case, according to SaharaReporters.
Obi and his party, the LP, have argued that President Tinubu was ineligible to run for president in their petition with file number CA/PEPC/03/2023.
They stated that Kashim Shettima, Tinubu’s running mate, was still the APC’s choice for the Borno Central Senatorial seat at the moment Shettima declared his candidacy for vice president.
The petitioners further contested Tinubu’s eligibility to run for president, claiming that he had previously been charged with dishonesty and drug trafficking and fined $460,000 by the Northern District of Illinois’ Eastern Division of the United States District Court.
The petitioners stated that INEC operated in violation of its own regulations and guidelines on the grounds that the election was unlawful due to corrupt activities and non-compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2022.
The petitioners argued that the electoral body was legally required to establish and implement technological devices for the accreditation, verification, continuation, and authentication of voters and their information as specified in its regulations during the conduct of the presidential election.
Because of his disqualification or non-qualification, they are asking the court, among other things, to declare that all the votes cast for Tinubu and the APC were wasted votes.