Counsel to the repondents of a petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, have called for the “suspension” of proceedings of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.
At the sitting on Thirsday, the petiotioners’ lawyer, Dr. Livy Uzoukwu (SAN), had indicated to the tribunal that he was starting the petitioners’ case with Niger State, before President Buhari’s counsel, Mike Igbokwe (SAN), rose to call for a halt of the proceedings.
Igbokwe complained that he was only served with the petitioners’ schedule of documents shortly before the commencement of sitting.
This, he said, was contrary to the agreement that the schedule would be filed and served far ahead of proceedings.
Meanwhile, the counsel for the Independent National Electoral Commission, Yunus Usman (SAN), and the All Progressives Congress’ Yakubu Maikyau (SAN), also expressed the same misgivings.
They said the alleged late filing and serving of the same schedule was an ambush and called for the suspension of the trial to enable them to go through the schedule.
Uzoukwu however said his team “should be commended and not condemned”, as he could not have served the schedule earlier than Thursday morning, because the registry of the court only completed the processing earlier on Thursday.
He alleged that the time within which the petitioners had to present their case “is being compromised by the respondents”.
He said the schedule to be used for Niger and Jigawa States was already with the respondents.