The petition filed by the Labour Party and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, against the president-elect, Bola Tinubu, has been postponed till next Wednesday, May 17.
The court made a judgement regarding the petitioners’ request for an adjournment.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, President-elect Bola Tinubu, Vice-President-elect Kashim Shettima, and the All Progressives Congress, APC, are listed as the petition’s first through fourth respondents.
As soon as the case’s hearings started, Obi and the LP informed the court that the parties had met and decided to request an adjournment so they could file and exchange the appropriate legal documents.
He informed the court that numerous procedures and motions had still to be submitted in the case.
The adjournment, according to Uzoukwu, SAN, will allow for a swift hearing and decision on the issue.
“My Lords, we convened and determined that the matter should be continued until next Wednesday so that we can be certain the processes are ready for hearing when we reconvene.
Uzoukwu continued, “We also decided that before then, we will meet and decide on documents that are not in dispute and documents that are.
For its side, INEC acknowledged through its attorney, Mr. A. B. Mahmood (SAN), that the parties had met and decided to request a postponement following a brief discussion they held on Wednesday afternoon.
The delay was required, said to Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), the attorney for Tinubu and Shettima, “so that when we come on Wednesday all the applications will be ready for adoption,” he added.
Prince Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), the APC’s attorney, also stated that his client thought the adjournment would speed up the process.
The five-member panel, led by Justice Haruna Tsammani, agreed to the request for an adjournment after hearing from all the parties.
The petition’s essential problems must be identified, according to the court’s directive to the parties.
The matter was then put on hold while the pre-hearing session continued.