Election Petition Tribunal gives Atiku Abubakar 10 days to prove that presidential election was rigged

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The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja, on Monday, allocated 10 days to the People’s Democratic Party PDP,  and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to prove their allegation that the February 23 presidential election was rigged in favour of President

The five-member panel tribunal headed by Justice Mohammed Garba, equally gave President Buhari, the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, and the All Progressives Congress APC, who were cited as 1st to 3rd Respondents, respectively, six days each to defend the petition the PDP and Atiku lodged to challenge the outcome of the presidential election.

The tribunal took the decision after a brief meeting that was held by lead counsel to all the parties in the matter.

Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Garba had, before he okayed a 30-minute stand-down of the proceeding, noted that by the provision of Paragraph 16(3) of the First Schedule to the Electoral Act, the petitioners were, by law allowed a maximum of 14 days to present their case against the election, while each of the respondents would take 10 days each to enter their defense.