UPDATE: Tribunal strikes out testimonies of 10 out of 13 Peter Obi witnesses

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Presidential Election Petition Court sitting in Abuja on Wednesday, struck out the testimonies of 10 out the 13 witnesses called by Mr Peter Obi and the Labour Party to defend their petition challenging the outcome of the 2023 presidential election.

The PEPC  ruled that the petitioner’s request for an extension of time to subpoena 10 additional witnesses, was not  originally part of the petition.

Pic.2. A cross-section of Judges, at the Presidential Electoral Petition Tribunal (PEPT) before the judgment in Abuja on Wednesday (6/9/23). 27282/6/9/2023/Johnson Udeani/JMH/NAN

The court held that this was a new issue introduced into the petition and the respondents could not respond to it again.

The court held that it was an attempt to amend the petition beyond the legally allowed 21 days.

 The court dismisses all the  testimonies from these witnesses and struck out all  documents tendered by them from the court records.

Pic 1 From left: APC National Chairman, Abdullahi Ganduje, Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State and Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State, at the Presidential Electoral Petition Tribunal (PEPT) before the judgment in Abuja on Wednesday (6/9/23). 27282/6/9/2023/Johnson Udeani/JMH/NAN

The court held that their witness statements were filed in violation of Section 4 (5) (b) of the constitution and were therefore incompetent.

The petitioner’s petition will be decided by the testimony of only three witnesses.

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