PEPC Adjourns Hearing of INEC’s Defence Till July 4

The Presidential Petition Election Court has set Tuesday, July 4 as the new date for the hearing of the defense provided by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The suit filed by the petitioners challenging the results of the election on February 25 in which Bola Tinubu was proclaimed the winner was slated for hearing on Monday, July 3.

On Monday morning, the electoral commission was supposed to argue against the appeal put forth by the Labour Party and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi.

During the hearing on Monday, A.B. Mahmoud, the counsel for INEC, informed the court that the commission had three witnesses set to testify in support of their argument. But he said that the witnesses who were supposed to testify were compelled to skip court.

He then requested that the case be postponed until the next day.

Following the consent of the other parties involved in the case, the PEPC, led by Justice Haruna Tsammani, complied with the request.

Three unhappy parties and their candidates are contesting the presidential election results in court.

The petitioners are the Labour Party and Obi, the Peoples Democratic Party and Atiku Abubakar, and the Allied Peoples Movement.

The parties and its candidates then dragged before the election petition court, the President, his vice, Kassim Shetima, and their party, the APC, to court in separate petitions.