President Muhammadu Buhari has closed his defence against the petition of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal.
The President’s counsel and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Wole Olanipekun, closed the case during Thursday’s sitting in Abuja.
In closing the case, Mr Olanipekun told the Tribunal that they were very satisfied with the evidence they have presented.
Similarly, the All Progressives Congress (APC) through its counsel, Mr Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), informed the Tribunal that they have decided to close their case.
He explained that the party would not call any witness, adding that they were grateful to the petitioners for providing ammunition for their defence.
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Mr Fagbemi added that having reviewed all evidence adduced, there was no point to indulge in any ‘overkill’ of the exercise.
He, however, made an application to tender some documents and asked the court to extend the time limit for filing their final addresses.
The APC’s counsel requested for three days and urged the Tribunal to allow the days to run from Monday.
Mr Olanipekun aligned himself with Mr Fagbemi while the petitioners’ counsel, Mr Levi Uzoukwu (SAN), said he predicted that was what the respondents would do.
He, however, noted that their application to file their reply from Monday would mean seven days instead of the three days agreed upon.
As such, Mr Uzoukwu asked for seven days too from the point of service.
In his ruling, the Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Mohammed Garba, granted the application for the respondents to file their final address within three days from Monday.
According to him, the respondents have three days upon receipt of the addresses and if they wish to reply on points of law, they have two days to do so.
Justice Garba also granted the request of parties in the matter to adopt their final addresses on August 21.