The Justice Haruna Tsammani-led five-member Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) has reserved rulings in applications by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), President-elect, Bola Tinubu and the All Progressives Congress (APC) seeking the dismissal of the petition by Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
INEC, Tinubu and the APC are praying the court to either dismiss the petition in whole or some of its paragraphs and other accompanying processes filed by the petitioners for offending the provisions of the law.
After taking arguments from lawyers to parties, Justice Tsammani announced that the rulings have been reserved to be delivered on the day of judgment in the main petition.
Lawyers who moved the applications for INEC, Tinubu and APC – Kemi Pinheiro, Yusuf Ali and Lateef Fagbemi (all Senior Advocates of Nigeria) prayed the court to grant the reliefs in their applications, seven in all.
INEC filed two, Tinubu filed three, while APC filed two.
Lawyer to the petitioners, Chris Uche (SAN) in counter argument, urged the court to dismiss all the applications and proceed to hear his clients’ on the merit.
The court has adjourned further pre-hearing session in the petition till Saturday for parties to agree on the schedule to be adopted for the hearing of the petition.
The court has risen briefly, to resume shortly to commence further pre-hearing in the petition by the Peter Obi and the Labour Party (LP).