Atiku’s petition: Appeal Court Gives APC & INEC Thursday Deadline to Respond

The Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) and the All Progressives Congress(APC) have till Thursday to file their responses to the election petition jointly filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, challenging the outcome of the February 23 presidential election.

Due to the fact that the petition was served on him late, President Muhammadu Buhari, who is the candidate of the APC, has till at least April 16 to respond to the petition.

Atiku and his party had, on March 18, 2019 filed the petition before the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal, challenging the declaration of Buhari and the APC as the winner of the election.

The petitioners claimed that contrary to INEC’s declaration, the PDP’s candidate was the valid winner of the election.

INEC, Buhari and APC are the first to the third respondents to the petition, respectively.

The petitioners served the petition on INEC and APC on March 22, but was unable to serve same on Buhari until they were able to obtain a March 27 order of the Court of Appeal in Abuja permitting them to serve the President through substituted means.

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