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Tribunal Gives Obi And Atiku Three Weeks To Prove Cases

Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has given the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar; and his Labour Party counterpart, Peter Obi three weeks to prove their cases regarding the outcome of the 2023 presidential election.

Gatekeepers News reports that this was stated during a proceeding at the Court of Appeal in Abuja on Tuesday.

For star (or expert) witnesses, 30 minutes shall be used for evidence in chief, while 20 minutes will be for cross-examination and five minutes for re-examination.

Obi’s hearing is to commence on May 30 and end on June 23, while Atiku was also given three weeks to prove his case, with a hearing commencing on May 30 and ending on June 20.

The Allied Peoples’ Movement (APM) was given one day to prove its case as it had only one witness to call.

In line with Section 41(3) of the 1st Schedule of the Electoral Act, the tribunal added that there shall be no oral examination of witnesses as witnesses will only be allowed to adopt their written statements.

APM’s hearing will begin on May 30 to end on July 3 and is expected to close its evidence on June 6.

Meanwhile, the First Respondent (INEC) was given two days, while the 2nd and 3rd respondents (Tinubu and APC) have five days.

Hearing for the consolidated suit is to commence on May 30 across the board while Labour Party and the PDP would close theirs on June 23.

The court is also expected to sit all week, including Saturdays.

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