The hearing in the petition by the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) contesting the nomination of Kashim Shettima as the replacement for Kabir Masari as the vice presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been postponed until Friday before the five-member Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC), which is presided over by Justice Haruna Tsammani.
The extension will allow Shehu Abubakar, the APM’s attorney, and other parties to get copies of the Supreme Court’s May 26 ruling regarding the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) appeal contesting the APC’s candidacy of Shettima, which the PDP had criticized as a double nomination.
Abubakar sought the adjournment upon an observation by lawyer to the President, Bola Tinubu and Shettima, Wole Olanipekun (SAN), that the Supreme Court judgment has an effect on the petition by the APM, which deals solely with the same issue of Shettima‘s nomination.
Olanipekun promised to obtain a CTC of the judgment and make it available to the court within two days. He also said he hopes to meet with the lawyer to the petitioner to know whether, in view of the judgment, the APM will still continue with its case.
Abubakar said he needed time to enable him obtain the judgment, study same to ascertain its effect on his client’s case and decide what further steps to take.
The petition of the APM is one of the three petitions now pending before the PEPC against the February 25 presidential election.
(Courtesy, excluding headline, WithinNigeria)