Tribunal Steps Down Obi’s Petition Over Poor Documents Scheduling

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The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has again stepped down the hearing of the petition filed by Peter Obi and the Labour Party, LP, against the election of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

The petition was stepped down by the Tribunal, following the poor scheduling of documents being sought to be tendered to establish allegations of malpractices in the February 25 Presidential election.

At Thursday’s proceedings, the tribunal discovered that the documents were not properly scheduled as earlier ordered.

In tendering the documents from the 23 local government areas of Benue, a lot of discrepancies were uncovered.

All efforts to reconcile the anomaly and reschedule the documents were unsuccessful as errors were beyond immediate solution.

In an effort to save the situation, Counsel to Obi and the Labour Party, Chief Emeka Okpoko, SAN, sought to use documents not filed to conduct the proceedings, but the move was rejected on the ground of illegality.

Subsequently, the tribunal stepped down hearing of the petition and ordered the legal team to go and re-file the scheduled documents in line with provisions of the pre-hearing report.

The hearing of Obi’s petition had run into stormy waters three times, prompting the shift in its hearing.

In the meantime, the five Justices led by Justice Haruna Simon Tsammani hearing the petition have retired to their chambers, pending when the legal team will put its house in order.

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