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INEC fails to open defence in Obi, Labour Party petition against Tinubu

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has failed to open its defence before the Presidential Election Petition Court, in the petition filed by the Labour Party and its candidate, Peter Obi.

Speaking on Monday, lead counsel to the electoral body, Abubakar Mahmoud (SAN), who blamed the development on the absence of its first witness, told the court that although his client plans to call three witnesses within three days, the one slated for today is unavailable because of some family issues.

INEC had indicated that it will call three witnesses to defend its conduct of the 2023 presidential election and declaration of Tinubu as winner.

Three aggrieved parties and their candidates are challenging the outcome of the presidential election in court.

The petitioners are the Labour Party and Obi, the People’s Democratic Party and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar and the Allied Peoples Movement _.

Following, the parties, together with their candidates in separate petitions dragged the electoral commission, the president, his Vice – Kassim Shetima and their party, the APC to court.

The Presidential Petition Election Court has, however, adjourned the hearing of the defence filed by the Independent National Electoral Commission to Tuesday, July 4.


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