Summary of Presidential Election Petition Tribunal For Thursday 1st June 2023 (3rd Day of Hearing)

PEPT Update Summary

  • The Petition of Peter Obi and the Labour Party with Petition Number
    CA/PEPC/03/2023 was called at about 9:23 am.
  • Peter Obi was in court and represented the petitioners (himself and LP).
  • Chris Maigida represented the 4th respondent.
  • Awa Kalu SAN led the petitioners (Peter Obi and Labour Party) legal team.
  • Dr. Kemi Pinhero SAN led the 1″ respondent (INEC) legal team.
  • Wole Olanipekun SAN led the 2nd and 3rd respondents (Bola Tinubu and Kashim
  • Shettima) legal team.
  • Lateef Fagbemi SAN led the 4* respondent (All Progressives Congress) legal team.
  • Chief Emeka Opoko SAN conducted the proceedings on behalf of the petitioners.
  • The petitioners informed the court that they will be tendering INEC Certified
    True Copies of documents from eighteen (18) states.
  • The petitioners informed the court that amongst other documents which will be tendered are certified true copies of forms obtained from INC in relation to results collation including series of Form EC8A, Form EC8B, and Form EC40G.
  • The petitioners noted that they will begin with the tendering of CTs of Forms
    EC8A for the states before proceeding to other Forms.
  • On this day, certified true copies of INC Forms EC8A documents of one hundred and fifteen (115) local governments (see the tweet for list) comprising of six (6) states of the federation inclusive of Rivers, Benue, Cross-River, Niger, Osun, and Ekiti States were tendered by the petitioners.
  • All the respondents (INEC, Bola Tinubu, Kashim Shettima, and APC), through their counsels, objected to the tendering of these documents and will reserve the reasons for their objection until the time of their final written addresses.
  • While the court wanted the petitioners to proceed with the tendering of their documents, they did not have documents for any other state hence, they sought the hearing to be adjourned.
  • All the other parties to the suit had no objection to the application for adjournment.
  • Premised upon this, the court adjourned for the continuation of the hearing to Friday
    June 2, 2023, 9 am.
  • The matter came to an end at about 12:55 pm.

By UC Maxwell @UkomahM