Presidential Election Petition Tribunal holds inaugural sitting – Independent Observers

Presidential Election Petition Tribunal holds inaugural sitting

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By Andy Chukwu

The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal will hold its inaugural sitting on Wednesday.

The PUNCH reported that the notice for the preliminary sitting of the tribunal was issued on Monday and served on all the parties to the petitions, including the Independent National Electoral Commission, on Tuesday.

Others that were said to have been served through their lawyers included the All Progressives Congress, President Muhammadu Buhari, the PDP and its presidential candidate in the 2019 presidential elections, Atiku Abubakar.

The newspaper also learnt that the five-man panel that will hear the PDP‎ and Atiku’s petition is to be led by the President of the Court of Appeal.

The tribunal has three other petitions by various political parties and their candidates ‎to hear.

The tribunal will, during the pre-hearing session which the Electoral Act provides must be completed within 14 days, fix “clear dates” for the hearing of the petition.

The five-man tribunal has 180 days’ period from the date of filing of the petition on March 18 to hear and deliver its judgment in the case in which the petitioners said they had assembled about 400 witnesses to testify.

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