Tribunal Adjourns Sitting On Presidential Election Suit
The presidential election petition tribunal sitting in Abuja, has adjourned sitting in the petition challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 23 presidential election.
Naija News recalls Hope Democratic Party (HDP) had earlier filed a motion seeking to stop the swearing-in of President Buhari on May 29, 2019.
The chairman of the Tribunal and President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa announced the tribunal’s decision during Monday’s sitting.
She said May 22 has been fixed to hear an application seeking an order to restrain Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) or any other Justice from swearing-in Muhammadu Buhari as president on May 29.
The HDP claims Buhari should not be making plans for the inauguration while the matter is still pending in court.
“The application filed by the appellants/applicants and all other interlocutory applications are hereby adjourned until May 22 for hearing.
“It is hereby ordered that all exchanges of processes and filing of respondents’ briefs are done within the period specified.
“The sitting on the petition filed by the Chief Ambrose Albert Owuru and the Hope Democratic Party (HDP) is hereby adjourned until May 22’’, Bulkachua held.
Although, the petitioner said it has announced the application, the respondent including counsels to President Buhari, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said they have not been served with the motion.
In response, pmnews reports counsel to INEC asked the tribunal to award a cost of N1million against the petitioner – Hope Democratic Party.
On his part counsel to President Buhari, Mr Wole Olanipekun did not ask for cost but however said he needs time to go through the application.
He also told the tribunal that he has an application on behalf of the president seeking to dismiss the petition of the Hope Democratic Party.
Counsel to President Buhari, Mr Wole Olanipekun notified the tribunal of an application he filed seeking the dismissal of the petition of the Hope Democratic Party.
Counsel to the Hope Democratic Party, Mr Oliver Enya in his reply told the tribunal that he will be objecting to the application because it touches on facts that are in the substantive suit.
Naija News also reports other political parties, including the major opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar are also challenging President Buhari’s victory.