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Presidential Tribunal: Court To Hear Atiku’s 400 Witnesses Today     

Court to hear Atiku’s 400 witnesses today.     

Funsho Akinwale

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja today, Thursday, will commence hearing of Atiku Abubakar’s case.

The former Vice President and Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate is expected to present 400 witnesses at the trial.

Abubakar is challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari at the February 23, 2019 election.

Livy Uzokwu, the lead counsel to Atiku, had on Monday informed the tribunal that his team intended to call 400 witnesses.

But the ruling party, All Progressives Congress, including the Independent National Electoral Commission and the president are yet to mention the number of their proposed witnesses.

After listening to the two counsels, Justice Garba announced that the petitioners will invite their witnesses within 10 days and the respondents will call theirs within six days

Announcing the tribunal’s report at the end of the pre-hearing session on Wednesday, Justice Garba said, “You will recall on Monday that you indicated that trial should begin on Thursday.

“In line with that, the pre-hearing session for this petition will have to end today (Wednesday) to enable us to commence trial in respect of this petition from Thursday, July 4, 2019.”