Presidential Election Tribunal: Buhari Closes Defence Ahead of Schedule

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SWITZERLAND, AUGUST 1 – Two days after opening his defence in the petition, President Buhari closed his case at the Presidential Election Tribunal on Thursday ahead of the six days earlier scheduled.

Today’s Echo gathered that the president closed the case through his counsel and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Wole Olanipekun.

The Tribunal thereafter, adjourned hearing on the case to August 21.

The five-man tribunal led by Justice Mohammed Garba had, on Monday, asked Buhari’s legal team to open their defence on Tuesday after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it would not call any witness in the case but the President and the APC closed their defence on Thursday, with four days left.

The opposition PDP called it a tactical withdrawal for Buhari and the APC.

“Breaking News! President Muhammadu Buhari and his Party, the APC made a tactical withdrawal at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal. Buhari used only 2 days of his 6 days while the APC did not present a single witness or evidence,” the PDP said in a statement on Thursday.

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