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Atiku, PDP begs tribunal for more time to conclude case



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The People’s Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, requested more time on Friday from the petition for the five-man presidential election in Abuja to conclude their case.

Friday is the last of the ten days that are assigned to present your case.

With their request, they are challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the elections of February 23, 2019.

The petitioners, who only on Thursday received many documents from the Independent National Electoral Commission to present an exhibition, suggested that they could not conclude their case on Friday through their lawyer, Chief Chris Uche (SAN).

The documents received from the INEC increased from 55 boxes at the time when the court closed the proceedings Thursday at 75 on Friday morning.

Uche expressed his request for more time as “an amendment to the pre-hearing report” in which the signatories were given a 10-day period to present their case and six days for each of the interviewees to present their defense.

He said, “Today may appear to be our last day. But my lords, we are seeking a modification of the pre-hearing report.

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“Today should not be construed as our last day.

“We asking if my lords can give us tomorrow, Monday or Tuesday for us to conclude.”

Earlier, Justice Mohammed Garba who heads the five-man tribunal, had said the court would not have the afternoon session of the Friday’s proceedings for undisclosed reasons.

Reacting, Buhari’s lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), insisted that should the court grant the “extension of time” it should be across the board for all the three respondents – INEC, Buhari and the All Progressives Congress.

Olanipekun also suggested that the court could only compensate the petitioners’ time that would be lost since the court would not sit in the afternoon by being allowed to conclude their case in the morning session of the next sitting day.

But the tribunal said that the petitioners had not asked for an extension of time but for a modification of the pre-hearing session.

Justice Garba asked the petitioners to continue with the case.

The petitioners have now called their next witness.