President Buhari and APC close defence as Tribunal fixes August 21 for adoption

Written by on August 1, 2019

President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress today closed their defence in the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

President Buhari had opened his defence at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal on Tuesday and called seven witnesses between then and yesterday.

President Buhari’s lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun, at the resumed sitting of the court this morning, announced to the five-man tribunal led by Justice Mohammed Garba, that his team was satisfied with the seven witnesses they had called.

When the tribunal sought the reaction of the APC’s lawyer, Lateef Fagbemi, whom it was his turn to open his client’s defence, he said he and members of his team also found it unnecessary to call any witness.

The Independent National Electoral Commission which is the first respondent did not also call any witness or tender any document.

Meanwhile, the Court has fixed August 21 for the adoption of final addresses by parties in the petition by Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party.


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