2019 General Election: Ruling Party close cases at presidential election tribunal

President Muhammadu Buhari

The ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and it’s candidate in the 2019 election President Muhammadu Buhari have closed their case at the hearing of the petition brought by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenging Mr Buhari’s election.

This was made known by Mr Buhari councel Wole Olanipekun who announced the decision of his client to close their case, at the opening of the session on Thursday.

Mr Olanipekun told the court that they were satisfied with the information already before the court and were subsequently convinced of the need to close their case.

Explaining the rational behind their presentation, Mr Olanipekun stated that the decision was taken after studying all the documents presented by the PDP and other matters that had arose in the trial.

According to him ,the teams have studied the hardware and the software of the petition: the evidences presented by the petitioners vis-a-vis the issues arising and the evidences we have also adduced.

Mr Olanikpekun said that the president and his teams are very satisfied with the evidences they have led and will be closing their case .

In the same development the APC lawyer, Lateef Fagbemi, said that his clients were eternally in grateful to the PDP , adding that the evidence presented by the PDP helped its submission.

Mr Fagbemi stated that “normally it is the turn of the third respondent to open our case. I have thought about it. If I am grateful to chief Olanipekun, I am entirely grateful to the petitioners. With respect, having reviewed our petition, there is no point to indulge in an overkill exercise,” .

“For the third respondents, we are satisfied with the cross-examination and evidences tendered in this case. As the leader, I announce the closure of the third respondent’s case.”

Mr Buhari had opened his defence on Tuesday, after the PDP closed its case.

Mr Buhari presented seven witnesses who all focused on proving his educational qualifications during their defence.

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