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Election tribunal adjourns Atiku, PDP petition till July



Court dismisses Kwara Gov’s certificate case

LEGAL fireworks at the presidential election petition tribunal, where Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is challenging the election of President Muhammadu Buhari of All Progressives Congress (APC), has been paused for the moment following its adjournment till July 1.

On resumption at the next date, the tribunal will entertain a motion brought by PDP which seeks to challenge the June 11 proceedings during which some contentious were decided.

Counsel for PDP, Chris Uche, had applied for adjournment to enable him file the replies on points of law to a counter affidavit with which APC opposed their application against issues that came up on June 11 which had resulted in the withdrawal of an application earlier brought by APC for, dismissal of the PDP’s substantive petition on technical grounds.

According to Counsel for APC, Lateef Fagbemi, the PDP’s application was not properly signed because the name of the lead counsel, Levi Uzuegwu, was not clearly written as the signatory to the petition, an oversight he deems an infraction against the rule that every court process must be signed by a known lawyer.

The controversy began after PDP alleged that APC had acted in a manner that suggested an abuse of court process because the ruling party filed two applications bothering on the same technical objection. But in its reaction to both applications, PDP responded with counter affidavits to one of the motions by APC, noted that the second one was an abuse of court process.

To counter this, APC requested  the tribunal for leave to step down the application responded to by PDP.

In a related development, a Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin, yesterday, dismissed the certificate forgery case filed against the state governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.

The dismissal followed the claimant, Adekunle Oluwafemi Abraham, a member of PDP’s insistence that he was withdrawing the case.

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