President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressive Congress (APC), will today (July 30), open a defence against the petition filed by the Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Buhari’s decision to open his defence immediately stems from INEC’s declaration on July 29 during the Presidential Petition Tribunal hearing that it would not call any witnesses in the matter because the PDP and Atiku had already established its case.
Counsel to Buhari, Wole Olanipekun (SAN) informed the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal that, he will call witnesses to the stand this afternoon, July 30, 2019.
During the pre-hearing yesterday July 29, the lawyers agreed that today, the petitioners would take 10 days to conclude their submission, while the defence will take six days each.
Also agreed was that five minutes each, will be taken to treat individual evidence from ordinary witnesses, 20 minutes will be utilized for examination of expert and subpoenaed witnesses, while re-examination will take three minutes.
More updates coming later.