Court of Appeal, Venue of the 2019 Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.
*Breaking News: Prof. Ben Nwabueze In Court for PDP and Atiku Obi*
Prof. Ben Nwabueze (SAN), has joined the team of lawyers appearing for PDP and Atiku/Obi at the 2019 Presidential Election Petition Tribunal. He was the lead counsel for the legal team.
The renowned constitutional lawyer who appeared in a wheelchair made a request to the Justice Mohammed Garba led Presidential Tribunal to address the court which was promptly granted.
He announced all the lawyers appearing with him and later handed over to Dr. Livy Uzoukwu (SAN).
During his address, Prof. Nwabueze expressed gratitude to the bench for granting him his first request. He said, *the determination of the petition will certainly impact on future elections and constitutionalism in Nigeria*
He said, *notwithstanding my age and attendant health challenges, I attended this proceedings to underscore the importance of the case*
*Tendering of Electoral Materials*
After Prof. Nwabueze’s exit, Dr. Levy Ozoukwu announced that the PDP and Atiku/Obi will request INEC to present materials from Niger State.
INEC however argued that the proposed schedule from the PDP is not known to them.
The INEC counsel however invited the Commission to present materials and currently, ballot boxes containing thump printed ballot papers from Jigawa, Kebbi, Niger and Yobe States are before the court.
INEC however requested the court to adjourn to a later date in order to allow them prepare for tendering. But the Tribunal ruled that the request for these materials were made by the PDP two months ago and agreed by all the parties to the case. The Tribunal therefore dismissed INEC’s request and ordered the commission to tender the materials as requested.