In Abuja, the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) made a decision on Tuesday to consolidate three separate petitions aimed at invalidating the results of the 2023 presidential election. The court, led by Justice Haruna Tsammani and consisting of a five-member panel, unanimously dismissed objections raised by President-elect Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) regarding the merging of the petitions.
The court determined that the nature of the cases required them to be consolidated and treated as a single petition, as they all pertained to the same election. As a result, May 30 was scheduled as the date for Mr. Peter Obi, the candidate of the Labour Party (LP), to present his case contesting the outcome of the presidential election held on February 25.
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Although Obi initially stated that he would require seven weeks to present his case along with 50 witnesses, the court ruled to reduce the period to three weeks. Additionally, the court granted the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Tinubu, and Vice President-elect Senator Kashim Shettima five days each to defend the petition, while the 4th respondent in the case, Kabiru Masari, was given three days to defend himself.
Furthermore, the court emphasized that the parties would present final briefs of argument on August 5, allowing the court to determine a date for delivering its judgment.