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Presidential tribunal adjourns Atiku’s petition to Thursday

"The pre-hearing of the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and Atiku Abubakar, its presidential candidate, against Bola Tinubu of the All Progressive Congress has been postponed by the Presidential Election Petition Court until Thursday, May 11, 2023." According to PUNCH.

Tinubu's election as president-elect by the Independent National Electoral Commission is being contested by the PDP and Atiku in the petition with the file number CA/PEPC/05/2023.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, Bola Tinubu, and the APC are listed in order of appearance as the petition's first through third respondents.

In the course of Tuesday's hearings, the petitioners' attorney, Chris Uche SAN, "noted that a motion for a live broadcast of the presidential tribunal hearing had been submitted and served by the petitioners on May 7."

According to PUNCH, "We request that your Lordship set the matter down for hearing and adoption as soon as the court's business permits."

"After acknowledging the application, which he called "innocuous," INEC's legal representative, A.B. Mahmoud, asked for time to react because it had just been served."

Counsel for the second respondent, Lateef Fagbemi, stated that after receiving the application, "we are taking steps to respond appropriately to the application."

In the 66-page appeal, "Tinubu was proclaimed the winner of the election on March 1, and Atiku and his party claimed that INEC had not yet sent and posted all of the results and accreditation data from voting places." Source stated.

PUNCH further reported, They claimed that, "despite the failure to so transmit and numerous complaints for review, the chairman of the 1st Respondent refused all entreaties and applications for the suspension of the collation exercise and a review of the complaints before declaring a winner of the election and repeatedly off-handedly dared the petitioners to go to court." Source added.

Source: PUNCH

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