ABUJA, NIGERIA – The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja, on Monday, barred Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, from standing before it as the representative of the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Lalong had stood up and announced
himself as Tinubu’s representative immediately after the first petition lodged against the outcome of the 2023 presidential election was called up.
“My Lords, my name is Simon Lalong, and I am here to represent Tinubu,” he stated.
However, the Justice Haruna Tsammani-led five-member panel declined to recognize him as Tinubu’s representative.
“You cannot represent an individual. Tinubu is not a corporation that would need a representative,” the Presiding Justice held.
But Governor Lalong responded, “My Lords, in that case, I will represent the All Progressives Congress, (APC).”
Meanwhile, the Court adjourned further pre-hearing session on the petition brought by Peter Obi and the Labour Party, (LP), filed to nullify Tinubu’s election victory till Wednesday.
While the Court set the same date for another petition by the Action Peoples Party, (APP); it adjourned the petition of Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), till Tuesday.
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