*Atiku vs Buhari: Tribunal fixes May 15 and 16 for pre-hearing sittings
The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has fixed May 15 and May 16 for a pre-hearing session in the petitions filed by the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, three other political parties and their presidential candidates in the 2019 election.
They are challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and his party, the All Progressives Congress.
At the inaugural sitting in, Abuja, Chairman of the five-man tribunal panel, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa urged counsels representing the parties in the matter to identify the petitions and applications filed before the tribunal.
Other members of the panel are Justices Abdul Aboki, Samuel Oseji, Joseph Ikyeghn and Peter Olabisi Ige.
The panel will determine the merit of four separate petitions challenging the declaration of President Buhari as the legitimate winner of the February 23 presidential election.
Bulkachuwa, the President of the Appeal Court, assured all stakeholders that each litigant would be given equal opportunity to present his case in a mature manner. ‘’We therefore require the maximum cooperation of all the stakeholders, especially from the leaders of the Bar.
”We expect the proceedings to be conducted with decorum, a high sense of responsibility, dedication, and patriotism in our quest to arrive at just decisions in all petitions before us. We assure all stakeholders that each litigant will be given equal opportunity to present his case in a mature manner before us,’’ she stressed.