Presidential tribunal: PDM seeks to withdraw from petition against Buhari, others

Presidential tribunal: PDM seeks to withdraw from petition against Buhari, others

- Peoples Democratic Movement has filed a motion seeking to withdraw from the petition filed by its presidential candidate against President Buhari, APC and INEC

- The lawyer representing the PDM subsequently told the tribunal he would need a short time to respond to a counter-affidavit filed the PDM's presidential candidate

- The tribunal afterwards adjourned the matter to July 18 for the hearing of the motion and continuation of pre-hearing session in the petition

The Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) has filed a motion seeking to withdraw from the petition filed by its presidential candidate against President Muhammadu Buhari and two others.

PDM and its presidential candidate, Aminchi Abu, had brought the petition challenging their exclusion from participating in the February 23 presidential election, Daily Trust reports.

The petition was brought under Section 138 of the Electoral Act, which held that the election be nullified where “a candidate was validly nominated but unlawfully excluded.”

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In the said petition before the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal, the petitioners listed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressive Congress (APC) as respondents.

At the tribunal on Wednesday, July 10, while Barrister Aliyu Lemu made appearance for Aminchi, Barrister Morrison Onunu announced appearance for the PDM which was represented by its national chairman, Chief Frank Igwebuike.

Onunu informed the tribunal of the motion and that while all parties have been served, he would need a short time to respond to a counter-affidavit filed by Aminchi through his lawyer.

According to Daily Trust, a copy of the motion had two prayers: first, an order of the court for the 2nd petitioner (PDM) to withdraw from the petition in its entirety; and second, a consequential order striking out the name of PDM as a petitioner in the petition.

Meanwhile, the tribunal has adjourned the matter to July 18 for the hearing of the motion and continuation of pre-hearing session in the petition.

Earlier, the tribunal heard an application by the Hope Democratic Party (HDP) and its presidential candidate, Chief Ambrose Owuru.

The application, which was opposed by all the respondents, sought the leave of the court to amend the statement on oath of their witness. While the tribunal reserved its ruling on the application, the matter was adjourned to July 18 for continuation of pre-hearing session.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, had commenced the presentation of witnesses at the presidential election petition tribunal as he invited Buba Galadima.

Galadima has been a fierce critic of President Buhari and served as spokesperson of the PDP presidential campaign team.

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