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Tribunal asks Obi’s lawyers to re-file schedule of evidences

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The Presidential Election Petition Court Thursday stepped down hearing in the petition filed by the Labour Party and its presidential candidate Peter Obi, challenging the  2023 presidential election over poor schedule of documents tendered to the court.

One of Obi’s lawyer, Emeka Okpoko, at the resumed hearing, had tried to use the documents not filed to establish allegations of malpractices during the proceedings, but was rejected on the ground of illegality.

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The court had, in its pre-hearing report, ordered that all documentary evidences  to be  tendered must be properly scheduled. Consequently,  the five-man tribunal led by justice Haruna Tsammani, ordered Obi’s lawyers to go and re-file the schedule of documents in line with the provisions of the pre-hearing report.

The court also cited some irregularities and inconsistencies in the documents from the 23 Local Government Areas of Benue State tendered by Obi’s lawyers.

Peter Obi and the Vice Presidential candidate, Datti Baba Ahmed, were in the court. After several unsuccessful attempts to resolve the situation,  their lawyers proceeded to the Registry of the Court to file a new schedule of documents.