Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s (LP) nominee for president, has clarified his request to the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal to be given seven weeks to call 50 witnesses.
Newsmen reported that, in contrast to rumors circulating, the candidate for the Labour Party denied asking the court for seven weeks to obtain witnesses for the ongoing petition.
The allegations that Obi had requested the tribunal give him seven weeks to bring his witnesses at the tribunal were false and a misinterpretation of what Obi’s attorney submitted before the tribunal, according to a statement made by the Obi-Datti media head, Diran Onifade, on Sunday.
He said: “Peter Obi did not ask the court to give him seven weeks to bring his witnesses. He only implied he would be through with all 50 of them in seven weeks.
“In proposing his schedule of witnesses, Eme Awa Kalu (SAN), leading the team, had told the court that Peter Obi and the Labour Party would be presenting 50 witnesses and that these 50 witnesses would require seven weeks to present their evidence before the tribunal.
“At no time did the counsel say that he required seven weeks to produce witnesses as misreported by The Punch. The correct interpretation of what our lawyers told the court unambiguously is that the presentation of our witnesses, from start to finish, will take seven weeks.
“We are not asking the court to wait for seven weeks before we bring in the first witness as The Punch story tries to imply.”
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