On Thursday the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal fixes August 21 for the final arguments in the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
On that day, the five-man tribunal led by Justice Mohammed Garba will declare a date for judgment subsequent to listening to the closing arguments by attorneys.
The council may likewise choose to reserve the judgment that day and later communicate the date to lawyers representing the parties in the case.
The date of the judgment must be within the 80 days (six months) period from the date the petition was filed, which the law prescribes for the hearing and determination of an election petition.
Since the appeal was filed on March 18, it suggests the judgment will be conveyed before the middle of September.
The council on Thursday adjourned for adoption of final addresses following the decision by President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, the last two respondents to the petition, to close their case on Thursday.
The petitioners are challenging the victory of Buhari and the APC at the February 23, 2019 presidential election.
The solicitors, through their legal team led by Dr Livy Uzoukwu (SAN), had on July 19 rested their case with 62 witnesses.
The first respondent, the Independent National Electoral Commission, through its lead counsel, Yunus Usman (SAN), subsequently closed its case without calling any witness.
Buhari’s legal team led by Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), which called seven witnesses between Tuesday and Wednesday, closed its case without calling extra witness on Thursday.
At the point when asked for his reaction, the APC’s lead counsel, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), additionally said on Thursday that he and the senior legal advisors in his group thought that it was superfluous to call any further witness.
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