The presidential election petitions tribunal, on Friday, July 19, turned down a request by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Atiku Abubakar, its candidate, for an extension of time to conclude their cases.
Channels Television reports that the chairman of the tribunal, Justice Mohammed Garba, while rejecting the request, noted that the court would continue with proceedings to enable the petitioners conclude their case.
Golden News Now learnt that the Atiku and the PDP had demanded for more time from the tribunal after their lawyers presented more documents to justify their petition challenging President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory at February 23, 2019, election. Chris Uche, counsel to the PDP, reportedly made the request for more time, following the tribunal’s decision not to hold an afternoon session. The documents presented by the PDP, according to the report, included an expert report of information systems of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as revealed by whistleblowers website
Others presented are downloaded documents from the website, certificate of compliance and executive summary for the 11 states under review. The lawyers to Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC), however, urged the court to reject the documents. The lawyers promised to give reasons for their objection in their final address.
While noting their objection, the chairman of the tribunal, Justice Mohammed Garba, admitted the documents presented by the PDP as exhibits
The tribunal’s move followed the complaints by the petitioners that the subpoenas issued and served on INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, and the Residential Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Zamfara state had not been complied with.