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Monday, July 15, 2024

Tinubu: INEC fails to present witnesses in its defence for presidential election

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday in Abuja failed to present its three witnesses at the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPEC).

The electoral body was to open its defence today but came to the court without any of its three witnesses.

Its lead counsel and former President of the Nigeria Bar Association NBA, Abubakar Balarabe Mahmood SAN, informed the court of his plan to call three witnesses to counter the allegations of the Labour Party (LP) and its Presidential candidate, Peter Gregory Obi.

He later disclosed that the witnesses were not in court due to domestic reasons. Consequently, he was unable to open the defence.

The lawyer pleaded with the court to bear with him and applied for adjournment of his defense.

The lead counsel to Obi, Dr Livy Uzuoku SAN, had expressed shock and surprise with the way INEC is handling the matter.

He told the court that the INEC lawyer ought to have taken him into confidence before the commencement of the proceedings.

Presiding Justice of the Court, Justice Haruna Simon Tsammani, subsequently fixed a new date of July 4 for the case to continue.

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