…By Dorcas Funmi for TDPel Media.
The Labour Party (LP) and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, experienced a delay in their case at the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) on Wednesday.
The court had scheduled a hearing for 9 am, granting LP four hours to call witnesses and submit documents.
However, the party encountered complications that hindered their progress.
LP Lawyer Cites Secretariat Issues for Inability to Proceed
LP’s lawyer, Awa Kalu (SAN), informed the court that their plan was to begin by submitting documents, but they were unable to do so due to issues at their secretariat.
Two crucial staff members at the petitioner’s secretariat fell ill, halting their ability to continue with the proceedings.
Consent from Opposing Legal Teams and Adjournment Granted
The legal teams representing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Bola Tinubu and Kashim Shettma, and the All Progressives Congress (APC) did not oppose Kalu’s request for an adjournment.
However, Abubakar Mahmoud (SAN), representing INEC, requested that the court deduct the delay from the total number of days previously granted to LP for presenting their case.
Presiding Justice Haruna Tsammani granted Kalu’s adjournment request, rescheduling the hearing for 9 am on Thursday.
Disappointing Previous Showing and PEPC’s Continued Proceedings
On the previous day, LP had a disappointing performance as they utilized only a fraction of the three-hour allocation. They managed to call just one witness and tendered two sets of documents.
The PEPC plans to resume sitting at 2 pm for further hearings in the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Atiku Abubakar.
In conclusion, the Labour Party faced a delay in their case at the Presidential Election Petition Court due to complications arising from issues at their secretariat.
LP’s request for an adjournment was granted, and the hearing is rescheduled for the following day.
The PEPC will continue its proceedings with other petitions in the afternoon.
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