The Supreme Court has scheduled Wednesday, October 30, for the deliberation of six cases in the lawsuit filed by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, against the electoral victory of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Atiku and the PDP had lodged a joint appeal before the Supreme Court to challenge the September 11, 2019 judgment of the Justice Mohammed Garba-led Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal.
The tribunal’s judgment, which Atiku and his party are dissatisfied with, had dismissed their petition challenging the outcome of the February 23, 2019 poll.
As a result, the former vice-president and his party on September 23, 2019 filed 66 grounds of appeal. These were filed before the Supreme Court to challenge the judgment of the tribunal.
Meanwhile, the PDP had lamented the alleged delay in the hearing of the appeals; the action seemingly relating to the presidential election case.
Sources within the legal teams of both men confirmed the October 30 date. It was fixed by the Supreme Court for the hearing of the six cases.
Chief Chris Uche (SAN), a top member of the appellants’ legal team, revealed the date on Sunday, October 27. He said Wednesday had been finally fixed for the hearing of the pending appeals.
Uche said, “Yes, we were notified through a text message from the registry of the Supreme Court this morning (Sunday) that the appeals would be coming up for hearing on Wednesday.”
He said he expected that there would be a formal service of the hearing notice.
One of the senior lawyers in the Buhari’s legal team, Dr Alex Izinyon (SAN), also confirmed the Wednesday’s scheduled hearing.
He said, “Yes, I can confirm that the hearing comes up on Wednesday. We have received hearing notices in respect of the five to six appeals scheduled for hearing.
“Four of the appeals are interlocutory appeal. There is also an appeal challenging the main judgment.”