As Atiku Abubakar continues to challenge the results that re-elected President Muhammodu Buhari back to power, the tribunal has finally made its decision for today.
While the inaugural session proceeds, the court room was filled up to the brim with lawyers, INEC officials and journalists. There were also sitting arrangements outside the courtroom for observers of the process.
During the inaugural hearing which was held at the Court of Appeal, all lawyers representing parties in the matter were called upon to identify the petitions and applications filed. The five-man tribunal has 180 days’ period from the date of filing of the petition on March 18 to hear and deliver its judgment in the case in which the petitioners said they had assembled about 400 witnesses to testify.
However, different dramas that took place during the Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja today was the appearance of a group of identified as Atiku/Obi supporters who were sighted at the court premises bearing banners and placards while chanting solidarity songs.
Finally, the 2019 Presidential Election Petition Tribunal made its decision by fixing 15th and 16th May, 2019 for the pre-hearing session.