The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) has adjourned until Could 22, 2019 for the Individuals’s Democratic Get together (PDP) and Atiku Abubakar to file a proper utility, praying the tribunal’s Chairman, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa to withdraw from the listening to of the petition they filed.
Atiku, who was the presidential candidate of the PDP within the final normal elections, is, by the petition he filed along with his social gathering, difficult the result of the election, gained by President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Get together (APC).
The courtroom had scheduled pre-hearing session within the petition for Wednesday, however when the case was talked about, petitioners’ lawyer, Livy Uzoukwu (SAN) advised the five-man tribunal that he has an utility, which he would like to maneuver in chambers.
He sought the understanding of different legal professionals within the case, following which it was agreed that the tribunal suspends sitting and hearken to the difficulty the lawyer to the PDP and Atiku needs to lift.
After couple of minutes of arguments, it was agreed the legal professionals, to the impact that every social gathering be represented, within the chambers assembly, by three legal professionals every.
Justice Bulkachuwa, who can be the President of the Court docket of Attraction, stood down proceedings to contemplate the petitioners’ utility in chambers.
When proceedings resumed about one and half hours later, Justice Bulkachuwa disclosed what transpired in chambers.
She stated Uzoukwu demanded that she rescue herself from the case within the face of a petition authored and addressed to her by the Nationwide Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus (who was equally in courtroom).
Justice Bulkachuwa stated for the reason that points contained within the petition and the petitioners’ requests had been already in public area, it was higher a call be taken within the open courtroom after a proper utility by the petitioners.
Uzoukwu stated he would file a proper utility to that impact on Thursday to allow the respondents file their responses on time.
Legal professionals to the respondents; Wole Olanipekun (SAN) for Buhari; Yunus Usman (SAN) for the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) and Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) for the APC – later agreed with Uzoukwu to return on Could 22 for the listening to of the applying by the petitioners.
The respondents’ legal professionals promised to file their responses earlier than the following date.
In the meantime, the tribunal has granted depart to a different set of petitioners – the Coalition for Change and its presidential candidate, Geff Chizee Ojinika – the permission to serve their petition on Buhari and the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo by way of substituted means.
By the permission granted the petitioners on Wednesday, they're to serve the 2 respondents by way of any nationwide officer of the APC on the social gathering’s headquarters in Abuja.
At Wednesday’s proceedings, Chairman, PDP, Uche Secondus (represented his social gathering), whereas former Chairman, Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu (represented President Buhari).
Former member, Lagos State Home of Meeting and Nationwide Chief of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Babatunde Ogala (got here for the social gathering), whereas Mrs. Oluwatoyin Babalola Director, Authorized Companies, INEC (represented the fee).
There was heavy safety presence on the tribunal’s sitting venue on Wednesday, with vehicular motion restricted, by armed policemen, in and across the Court docket of Attraction premises.
Whereas many supporters of the feuding politicians had been denied entry to the venue, safety males solely allowed senior legal professionals and courtroom employees to drive into the courtroom premises.
Policemen used their autos to barricade the principle entry street to the courtroom, forcing autos going from the Federal Secretariat to Drive Headquarters, on Shehu Shagari Manner, to take alternate routes.
Placards bearing protesters, who had been allowed entry to the courtroom premises when the tribunal final sat on Could 15, had been turned again on Wednesday.
They might solely protest from throughout the road, singing in solidarity with Atiku and the PDP. (The Nation)