Presidential election tribunal adjourns petitions sitting to Tuesday, Wednesday in Abuja

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja, the nation’s capital has adjourned its sitting to Tuesday.

It also adjourned for the continuation of pre-hearing proceedings till Wednesday for the petition of the Labour Party and Peter Obi and that of the Action Peoples Party (APP).

Tuesday’s proceedings will have the petitions of Atiku Abubakar and Allied People’s Movement in its schedule.

Kenneth Okonkwo, the spokesperson for the party’s presidential campaign council, disclosed this on Monday via his Twitter page.

The Presidential Election Petition Court in Abuja had commenced pre-hearing in the petitions challenging the outcome of the February 25 presidential election, where the Independent National Electoral Commission had declared that Bola Tinubu of the ruling All Progressives Congress winner having polled 8,794,726 votes to win the election.

According to INEC, Abubakar Atiku came second with 6,984,520 votes, while Labour Party’s Peter Obi placed third  with 6,101,533 votes.

But Atiku, Obi and some other parties rejected the results announced by INEC and had approached the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal to annul Tinubu’s victory.

In his 66-page petition, Atiku is praying the tribunal to declare him winner of the poll or order a fresh election. On his part, Obi, in his petition, is also praying the tribunal to nullify Tinubu’s election.

Meanwhile, the Action Alliance (AA) and its Presidential Candidate in the election, Solomon David Okanigbuan, had notified the tribunal of their intentions to withdraw their petition against the declaration of Tinubu as Nigeria’s President-elect.

The petitioners allege INEC’s non-compliance with the Electoral Act as well as other fraudulent practices by Mr Tinubu and his agents during the election.

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