The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal on Friday admitted evidence of electoral materials from more states, as it continued hearing in the case of Peter Obi and Labour Party against the results of the February 25th presidential election declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC).
The petitioner’s counsel was led by Dr Livy Uzoukwu. Obi and LP’s National Chairman, Julius Abure, were present at the court.
Despite objections from the respondents including INEC, the court admitted evidence from 20 LGAs in Lagos state, 21 LGAs in Adamawa, 8 LGAs in Bayelsa, 31 LGAs in Oyo, 18 LGAs in Edo, and 31 LGAs in Akwa Ibom state.
Also admitted by the court on Thursday were the supplementary evidence for 6 LGAs in Rivers state including Oyigbo, and 2 LGAs in Niger state including Bida tendered by the petitioners.
Recall that on Thursday, the court led by Haruna Tsammani admitted forms EC8A from Benue, Cross Rivers, Ekiti, Niger, Osun and Rivers states tendered by the petitioners.
The counsel to the petitioners applied for all the certified true copies of INEC documents which they have so far tendered in this petition to be taken as read.
The application was opposed by the first, second, third, and fourth respondents – INEC, Tinubu, Shettima and APC respectively.
Following the application for adjournment to Monday instead of tomorrow by the both the petitioners and the respondents, court adjourned the case to Monday, June 5th for the continuation of hearing.
The Obi and his party, LP are challenging the result of the February 25 election in which INEC declared Bola Tinubu winner with 8,794,726 votes, followed by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of PDP with 6,984,520 votes, and Obi with 6,101,533.
Ifunanya Ikueze is an Engineer, Safety Professional, Writer, Investor, Entrepreneur and Educator.