Presidential Tribunal Stalled: INEC Witness Absence Delays Proceedings

Presidential Tribunal Proceedings Adjourned: INEC Witness Unavailable

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The anticipated commencement of INEC and its defense in the Presidential Election Petition Court faced an unexpected hurdle on Monday morning.Presidential Tribunal Stalled: INEC Witness Absence Delays Proceedings

The proceedings were brought to a standstill due to the absence of a key witness from INEC’s side.

The witness’s non-availability was attributed to personal family matters, forcing the court to grant an adjournment.

In the petition filed by Peter Obi and the Labour Party, INEC serves as the first respondent.

According to the initial schedule, INEC was set to open its defense on Monday.

However, during the case mention at approximately 9:30 am, Abubakar Mahmoud, the lawyer representing INEC, informed the court about the unavailability of the witness assigned for the day.

The lawyer further disclosed that INEC intends to present three witnesses over the course of three days.

Considering the circumstances, Mahmoud requested an adjournment until Tuesday to allow the absent witness to attend the court proceedings.

Lawyers representing the other parties involved in the case did not raise any objections to this request.

Presiding over the case, Justice Haruna Tsammani ruled in favor of the adjournment, scheduling the continuation of the trial for Tuesday at 9 am.

Consequently, the court adjourned for the day, promising to reconvene at 2 pm to address the petition filed by Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party.

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