Court stands down proceedings following PDP, Atiku’s lawyer’s request
Proceedings have been stalled at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) owing to a request by Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar’s lawyer, Livy Uzoukwu (SAN), and Atiku Abubakar himself.
When the case was mentioned a little after 10 am, on Wednesday, Uzoukwu told the five-man panel tribunal, that he has an application, which he would prefer to move in chambers.
He sought the understanding of other lawyers in the case, following which it was agreed that the tribunal suspends sitting and listen to the issues the lawyer to the PDP and Atiku wish to raise.
Following agreement by the lawyers that each party be represented, in the chamber meeting, by three lawyers each, tribunal’s Chairman and President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa stood down proceedings, to resume later.
Some of the political bigwigs in court include: Chairman, PDP, Uche Secondus (represented his party); former Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu (representing President Muhammadu Buhari), and former member, Lagos State House of Assembly and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Babatunde Ogala (for the party).