BREAKING: Presidential Tribunal Begins Pre-trial Session


The Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) will begin its sitting in Abuja today with a pre-hearing session.

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Five petitions are pending before the court.

The first petitioner, the Action Alliance (AA), is planning to withdraw its petition, it was learnt.
The other remaining four petitions are listed for the pre-hearing session.

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Pre-hearing session entails preliminary proceedings during which lawyers agree on how to proceed with the actual hearing session.

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Such preliminary proceedings include ascertaining the number of witnesses to be called, the volume of exhibits to be tendered and how to treat them, how to treat witnesses and what time to be allocated, among others.

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It was learnt that it is after the pre-hearing session, which may last days, that the hearing proper will commence, during which witnesses will be taken and exhibits tendered.

Although the identity of members of the five-member panel is not yet public, such information will be revealed during Monday’s sitting.

The motion for withdrawal filed by the AA on May 3 will be treated first, according to the court’s schedule.

Listed as respondents to the petition marked CA/PEPC/01/2023 filed by the AA, are the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Hamza Al-Mustapha.

The AA, in its petition, claimed that its presidential candidate, Solomon Okanigbuan, was excluded from participating in the election.

It argued that the ground was sufficient to void the February 25 presidential election.


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