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Tribunal adjourns hearing on Atiku’s petition to May 20

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Justice Haruna Tsammani has adjourned hearing on Atiku Abubakar’s petition to May 20.

The hearing was adjourned as the petitioners and the respondents are yet to agree on number of witnesses and time to be allocated for examination and cross-examination.

Tsamanni also reserved ruling on all applications and counter affidavits filed by the respondents nudging the court to strike out the petitioners reply and dismiss their petition.

The justice had adjourned the petition to today May 19, to enable parties agree on witnesses and time for examination.

Abubakar Mahmoud, counsel to INEC said his team met with Atiku’s and have agreed but Tinubu and APCs team were absent .

Lateef Fagbemi, counsel to the APC argued that the spirit of corperation must be sustained and prayed the court for more time for respondents and petitioners to agree.

Outside of the court

During an interview with journalists, counsel to Atiku accused INEC of being biased.

He had initially told the court that INEC is fighting a proxy war on behalf of Tinubu, which a neutral body should not do.

He said INEC ought to defend the election only. Some of the issues raised in their petition is Tinubu’s alleged allegiance to foreign country, drug trafficking, dual citizenship among others. The lawyer alleged that INEC is rather defending Tinubu.