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Tribunal: Atiku to invite 100 witnesses against INEC, APC

Atiku in court

Atiku in court

The Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate in the February 25 election, Atiku Abubakar, are to call 100 witnesses to testify against the conduct of the 2023 Presidential Election.


The witnesses are expected to also testify on the issue of whether the declared winner, Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressive Congress was qualified to contest the election.


The Lead counsel to the petitioners, Chris Uche, told the court during Saturday’s hearing, that the witnesses will include experts and subpoenaed witnesses.


Meanwhile, AIT reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission said it will call only two witnesses, while Bola Tinubu plans to call 39 witnesses.


The APC, on the other hand, says it will call 22 witnesses.


There were, however, disagreements among the parties on time for examination-in-chief, cross-examination and re-examination of star witnesses of the petitioners and the respondents, as well as the regular witnesses.


While INEC seemed to have agreed with the petitioners on the allotted time, Tinubu and the APC disagreed as to what should be the ideal time for witnesses on both sides.


The court has also proposed a consolidation of the three remaining petitions. Referring to paragraph 50 of the 1st Schedule to the Electoral Act 2022.


Presiding Justice Haruna Tsamani directed the parties to meet and consult on the feasibility of consolidation.


While INEC agreed to it, the PDP, Tinubu and APC prayed the court to grant them until Monday 22nd May, to report.

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