JUST IN: Tribunal rejects request by factional HDP to withdraw suit against Buhari
The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has dismissed the petition by a faction of the Hope Democratic Party (HDP) to withdraw suit filed in the name and its presidential candidate, Albert Owuru.
Recall that Owuru and the HDP had jointly filed a petition before the tribunal to challenge the victory of at 2019 general elections.
However, a faction of the party led by Poland Tapre filed another application seeking for the withdrawal of the party as a co-petitioner in the case on the grounds that the petition was filed in the name of the party without its consent.
Tapre claimed that Owuru had since been suspended from the party in August 2018 and he has been the National Chairman of the party.
However, the application was opposed by Owuru’s legal team.
In a ruling on Thursday by the five-man bench of the tribunal led by Justice Mohammed Garba, the application was dismissed on the grounds that the faction of the party opposing the petition filed in its name failed to offer any rebuttal to the claim by Owuru that he remained the National Chairman and leader of the party.
The tribunal adjourned further pre-hearing session in respect of the petition till July 2.
The tribunal will that day hear an application by the Independent National Electoral Commission seeking the dismissal of the petition.