The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), All Progressives Congress (APC) and its Presidential candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari have separately asked the Presidential Election Petition Court Sitting in Abuja to dismiss the petition filed by Hope Democratic Party (HDP) and its Presidential candidate, Ambrose Awuru for being fundamentally defective.
The lead counsel for INEC, Yunus Usman, urged the court to greet the petition with dismissal for failure to join Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who also contested the election in the suit, adding that it was in clear breach of paragraph 18, sub paragraph 1 to the first schedule of the 2010 Electoral Act as amended.
Similarly, the the APC and and its Presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari through their lawyers, Lateef Fagbemi and Wole Olanipekun respectively prayed the court to dismiss the petition for being defective on the face of it, saying that it was not brought within the contemplation of Section 285, Subsection 9 of the 2010 Electoral Act as amended.
The Five man panel of justices headed by Justice Mohammed Garba reserved ruling on the interlocutory applications to a date unmentioned.
Meanwhile, the Court adjourned till June 20 for continuation of pre-hearing.