The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal will on Wednesday (today) hold a hearing on the petition filed by the PDP and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to challenge the victory of President Buhari and his All Progressives Congress at the February 23, 2019 election.
The five-man panel is headed by the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa.
A member of the petitioners’ legal team, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN),
It was learnt from other sources that the Wednesday’s proceedings were likely to be one of the pre-hearing sessions of the PEPT that would precede the hearing of the main petition.
It was learnt that the respondents – the Independent National Electoral Commission, Buhari and APC – had yet to file their defence, although they are still within the time to do so.
The petitioners had on March 18, 2019 filed their petition, which sought to rely on 50 sets of documents.
INEC had on February 27, 2019 declared that Buhari won the election with 15,191,847 votes to defeat his closest rival, Atiku, whom it said polled 11,262,978 votes.