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Proceedings at presidential tribunal stretch beyond 8 hours

Proceedings at presidential tribunal stretch beyond 8 hours
September 11
18:11 2019
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For eight straight hours — except for 45 minutes, the presidential election petitions tribunal proceedings on the outcome of this year’s presidential election has been on.

At around 9:30am on Wednesday, the tribunal began hearing on a petition challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The petition filed by Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) argues that Buhari was not duly elected, and that the election was fraught with irregularities.

More than eight hours later, the tribunal is yet to end proceedings.

Although its judgement had been read by Mohammed Garba, the lead judge, the judges on the five-man panel are still making their submissions. 

The tribunal had only paused proceedings at few minutes past 1pm to go on a 45-minutes break.

It returned from the break and about three hours later, dismissed the petition filed by Atiku and the PDP.

It held that the petitioners failed to prove their claims that the election was marred by electoral malpractices and that Buhari was not qualified to contest among others.

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