tribunal steps down Peter Obi’s petition over poor schedule of documents
According to News Agency of Nigeria, The presidential election petition court on Thursday, June 1, was forced to step down hearing in the petition filed by Peter Obi and the Labour Party against the election of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The petition was stepped down by the court following a poor schedule of documents being sought to be tendered to establish the allegations of malpractices during the February 25 presidential election.
This is the third time the court is stepping down hearing in the case this week, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
At the resumed hearing on Thursday, the court led by the tribunal chairman, Justice Haruna Tsammani, observed that the documents were not properly scheduled as it had ordered counsel to do.
Some discrepancies were uncovered while rendering the documents from the 23 Local Government Areas of Benue State.
Counsel to Obi and the Party, Emeka Okpoko sought to use documents not filed to conduct the proceedings but the move was rejected on the ground of illegality.
The court subsequently stepped down hearing of the petition to 10 minutes and asked the legal team to re-file the schedule of documents in line with the provisions of the pre-hearing report.
The five judges then retired to their chambers to await when the legal team would put its house in order.
The confusion happened in the presence of Mr Obi, his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed, Labour Party chairman Julius Abure and other Party loyalists.