Obi vs Tinubu: PEPC grants Obi's request, adjourns until Thursday
Request necessitated by sudden illness of a key staff
By Solomon Onyilo
The Presidential Election Petition Court, (PEPC) on Wednesday granted the request of Mr. Peter Obi, the Presidential candidate of Labour Party and adjourned to Thursday, June 1, the proceedings in the petition he filed against the election of Bola Ahmed Tinubu as Nigeria's President.
At the resumption of hearing on Wednesday, counsel for the petitioner, Awa Kalu,SAN, told the court that the initial plans of Obi's legal team was to present documents to the court today (Wednesday) but were challenged by a sudden illness of a key staff at the secretariat.
For this reason, the Senior lawyer said, "we are constrained to pray for an adjournment till tomorrow."
Responding counsel for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th respondents, Abubakar Mahmoud, Wole Olanikpekun and lateef Fagbemi, all Senior advocate of Nigeria did not oppose the application.
They, however, said since the request was at the instance of the petitioner the time wasted would be added to the petitioners'.
The Chairman of the five-man panel, Justice Haruna Simon Tsammani, granted the prayer and consequently adjourned to Thursday for the continuation of the hearing.