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Buhari vs Atiku: Presidential tribunal adjourns, fixes date for adoption of final addresses

The Presidential Election Petition Court postponed Thursday until August 21 the approval of the final speeches on the petition presented by the People Democratic Party, the PDP and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, challenging President Muhammadu Buhari’s statement as the winner of the presidential elections of February 23.

This development followed the separate oral requests of Wole Olanipekun, SAN, and Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, leading the legal teams of Buhari and the ruling of All Progressives Congress , APC, respectively.

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In their presentations, they asked the court to allow them to begin exchanging their addresses from Monday, August 5 to Wednesday, August 7.

Remember that Buhari’s legal team made use of only three days of the six fixed days for defenses, but the legal team representing APC refused to call witnesses for the case.

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The president of the court, Mohammed Garba, after due consideration of the presentations of the respondents and the legal teams of the petitioner ruled that the parties should begin exchanging addresses from August 5 and ending before August 16.

Garba also affirmed the postponement of the procedures until August 21 for the adoption of the final directions.