The pre-hearing for the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal Abuja’s hearing of petitions against the February 25 presidential election results is set to begin today.
The Independent National Electoral Commission declared Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress as the winner of the election with 8,794,726 votes, while Atiku of the People’s Democratic Party came second with 6,984,520 votes, and Peter Obi of the Labour Party came third with 6,101,533 votes.
However, Atiku, Obi, and other parties rejected the results and approached the tribunal to annul Tinubu’s victory.
A senior lawyer in Tinubu’s camp revealed that the pre-trial hearing would determine the schedule for the hearing, the number of witnesses, the time allotted for each witness, and the admission of documents.
Additionally, the pre-trial hearing would decide on the number of days allocated to the petitioners and respondents and the admission of documents.
Atiku’s 66-page petition seeks to declare him the winner of the poll or order a fresh election, while Obi’s petition seeks to nullify Tinubu’s victory.
Today’s pre-hearing is expected to set the stage for the main hearing of the case, which will determine the validity of the election results and possibly lead to a declaration of a new election or the affirmation of Tinubu’s victory.