Again! Court Adjourns Peter Obi’s Case Against Tinubu Over Poor Documentation

By Damilare Adeleye

The Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) has again adjourned hearing of a petition filed by Peter Obi and the Labour Party (LP) against the election of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

It was learnt that the adjournment for the third time was due to a mishandled schedule of documents that were supposed to substantiate allegations of malpractices during the February 25 presidential election.

At the Thursday proceeding, the court found that the documents did not comply with their order.

During the submission of documents related to 23 local government areas of Benue, the court found several discrepancies.

Efforts to correct these discrepancies and reschedule the documents were fruitless as the errors seemed insurmountable.

As a last resort, the counsel to Obi and the Labour Party, Chief Emeka Okpoko SAN, attempted to use documents not originally filed for the hearing. This move was rejected on grounds of illegality.

In the end, the hearing was as adjourned and the court ordered the legal team to re-submit the document schedule according to the pre-hearing report requirements.

This was the third time Obi’s petition hearing hit a roadblock, causing another delay.

At the time of reporting, Peter Obi and Vice Presidential candidate, Datti Baba Ahmed, were present in court while their lawyers were hastily re-filing documents at the court registry.