The Presidential Election Petition Court sitting in Abuja has dismissed one of the petitions challenging the victory of Bola Tinubu in the 25 February election.
A five-member panel of the tribunal led by Haruna Tsammani dismissed the case after the petitioner’s lawyer for AA announced its withdrawal. The dismissal followed a request by the petitioner’s lawyer Oba Maduabuchi who told the court that his clients instructed him to withdraw the petition.
The respondents, including INEC, Bola Tinubu and his party APC did not oppose the motion for withdrawal.
When the matter commenced earlier, Justice Haruna Tsamani said only three petitions would be heard, while others would be heard on Tuesday.
The petitions are Action Alliance Vs INEC & others, Action People’s Party Vs INEC & others, Peter Gregory Obi vs INEC & others, and the tribunal stood down to reconvey.
Interestingly, Action Alliance has two factions, one faction producing Hamza Al-Mustapha, and the other producing Solomon Okoligbuan as presidential candidate.
Counsel to AA Oba Maduabuchi was first to enter his appearance for the petitioners. Surprisingly another lawyer, Malachy Umuebe, also announced his appearance for same petitioner.
Ruling on the application chairman of the tribunal, Justice Haruna Tsammani, dismissed the petition.
Meanwhile, the presidential election tribunal fixed 10 May to start pre-hearing of the petition filed by Action People’s Party, APP Against Tinubu his party APC and INEC.
The date was fixed after the pre-hearing of the petition by APP. This is the second petition taken in the cause of the tribunal.