Court Overrules Tinubu, APC Consolidates Atiku, Obi’s Petitions

In Abuja, the Presidential Election Petition Court, PEPC, on Tuesday consolidated three different petitions seeking to annul the 2023 presidential election results.

It was unanimously decided by a panel of five judges headed by Justice Haruna Tsammani to overrule objections raised by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the ruling APC against a merger of the petitions.

In this case, according to the court, the Justice of the case demanded that their cases be consolidated into one and dealt with as one petition due to the fact that they all relate to the same election.

The court stressed that the parties would adopt final briefs of argument on August 5 to enable it to fix a date for judgment.

In a subsequent ruling, the court scheduled a date for Peter Obi, who is a candidate for the Labour Party, LP, to present his case against the result of the presidential election that was conducted on February 25, on May 30.

As the case went before the tribunal, Obi initially said he would need seven weeks to present his case through the testimony of 50 witnesses. While giving Tinubu and the Vice President-elect, Senator Kashim Shettima, five days each to submit their responses, the court reduced the period to three weeks.

Each side has five days to defend. The court also gave Kabiru Masari, the 4th respondent, three days to defend himself.