The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) has rejected the request by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in the last presidential election, Atiku Abubakar for the opportunity to re-argue a motion by the All Progressives Congress (APC), seeking the dismissal of the petition.
The tribunal had on June 11, 2019, ruled that the petitioners – PDP and Atiku had no response to the motion by the APC, on the grounds that they failed to file a counter-affidavit.
It was that ruling that the petitioners prayed the court to set aside and allow them to formally respond to the motion, a request the tribunal rejected in a ruling on Wednesday.
The tribunal also adopted the schedule of proceedings agreed by parties on Monday and adjourned till Thursday for the commencement of formal trial – hearing of the petition.
The petitioners are expected to call their first set of witnesses on Thursday.