Tribunal: Buhari’s Lead Counsel Not In Court For Judgement

Wole Olanipekun

SAN FRANCISCO, September 11, (THEWILL) – Wole Olanipekun, lead counsel to President Muhamadu Buhari, in the petition brought by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar against the election of Buhari, is not in court on Wednesday for judgement.

Lateef Fagebemi, counsel to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) made this known as he told the court that the lead counsel, is “in faraway Europe.”

“He said he didn’t know that the matter will be coming up today,” Fagbemi tells the panel, before conveying his apologies.

The PDP and its candidate are seeking to nullify the election of President Buhari in the February 23 poll.

The petition has INEC, Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) – in that order – as respondents.

Meanwhile, Security was beefed up on Wednesday within the vicinity of the Court of Appeal, Abuja, as the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal delivers judgment in the petition.

Security personnel comprising mainly men of the Nigeria Police, the Department of State Services and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps mounted security checks at both ends of the stretch of the road to the court.