Election Petition Tribunal Set Date for Presidential Election Judgement
The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has fixed Wednesday 11 September, 2019 to deliver judgement in the petition filed by the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and its Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar against the outcome of the February 23 Presidential Election which President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressive Congress (APC) was declared winner.
A five-man panel led by Justice Mohammed Garba had earlier said it would deliver the judgement on a date to be sent to all parties through their lawyers after they had adopted their final briefs of arguments canvassed for and against the petition.
Correspondent Abayomi Akinbola, however, gathered that the panel picked Wednesday to deliver ruling on the petition.
The statutory 180 days duration for the hearing of the petition which was filed in March expires Friday, September 15.
Section 134 (2) and (3) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) specifically, provided that the hearing and judgement in petitions at the tribunal of first instance are supposed to be concluded within 180 days.
Atiku and the PDP had filed their petition on March 18 while the inaugural sitting in the case started on May 8.