The Presidential Election Petition Court, PEPC, has ordered the president-elect, Bola Tinubu to in 5 days put up defence in the joint petition brought against him over the February 25 presidential election.
To put up defence is also the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC within 3 weeks.
Recall that Obi’s counsel, Professor Awa Kalu, SAN, had requested seven weeks to establish their allegations against the disputed election that produced Tinubu
Chairman of the Court, Justice Haruna Simon Tsammani, issued the order on Tuesday while presenting the pre-hearing sessions report of the Court.
Among others, Justice Tsammani ordered that Obi must open his petition for hearing on May 30 and end same on June 23.
The Court said that it arrived at the decision because of the limited time within which the petition must be disposed off.
Immediately after the order of the Court was handed down, Obi, who was in court to witness the proceedings, took permission from the court and left on the ground that they were going to prepare for the full blown hearing of the petition.
Meanwhile, the Court has ordered the consolidation of the petitions so as to ensure expeditious hearing.
The Court threw out the vehement objection of Tinubu and the All Progressives Congress, APC, to the consolidation.