PDP’s Lawyer Chides INEC for Declaring Tinubu Winner at Midnight

Chris Uche, counsel for Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has kicked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for declaring Bola Ahmed Tinubu the winner of the poll in the wee hours of March 1.

According to a live update by Daily Trust, Uche, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) was responding to the presidential election petition tribunal’s clarification that Atiku’s petition would be heard by 2 pm on Thursday and not 2 am.

Uche said everybody knows the people who wait till 2 am or 4 am to make announcements.

Tribunal: PDP, Other Party’s Petitions Adjourned to Tuesday

The presidential candidates of PDP, Labour Party (LP), Action Peoples Party (APP), and Allied Peoples Movement (APM), are challenging the declaration of Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the 25 February 2023 election.

At the start of the hearing on Monday, the Action Alliance (AA) announced the withdrawal of its petition against the APC and its candidate.

Justice Haruna Simon Tsammani is leading a five-member panel of Justices, including Justice Moses Ugo, Justice Bolaji-Yusuf, Justice Stephen Adah, and Justice Abbah Mohammed.

Giving an inaugural speech, Justice Tsammani assured the parties that justice will be done, and urged counsel to cooperate with the Tribunal to ensure that the petitions are decided speedily.

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