Tribunal admits five exhibits from Peter Obi to prove petition against Tinubu
Presidential Election Petition Court, PEPC, on Tuesday, admits five exhibits as Labour Party, LP and its Presidential candidate, Peter Obi open their petition challenging the victory of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu
The presiding justice of the panel Justice Haruna Simon Tsammani admitted the exhibits which were tendered through the bar led by Jubril Okutekpa, SAN who led Lawrance Uchechukwu Nwakaeti the first witness of the labour party in evidence.
The documents which were marked as exhibits PA (1 to 5) were a copy of the United state’s court judgment on the alleged conviction of President Ahmed Bola Tinubu to a fine of $450,000.
Also admitted in evidence is the deposition of the witness which he adopted as his oral evidence and other election papers before the panel
However, Tinubu and the All Progressives Congress (APC) announced that they have objections against admission of the judgment but reserved the objections to final address stage.
Under cross examination by Chief Wole Olanipekun SAN who stood for President Tinubu, the witness admitted that the judgment was not registered in Nigeria.
“Will you be surprised that not a single line or word relating to fine was in the US Court Judgment?,” Olanipekun also told the witness .
The Anambra based legal practitioner who was Obi’s first witness also admitted that there was no certificate from any Consular in Nigeria or America in support of the judgment but insisted that “the judgment speaks for itself”.but argued that were use of fine in the judgement .
He claimed to have been to the United States of America and read the judgment in its entirety adding that he would be surprised if no mention was made of $460,000 forfeiture.
Also under cross examination by counsel to the APC, Prince Lateef Fagbemi SAN, the witness said that the American Court judgment had no certificate given under the hand of any American Police Officer.
He denied knowledge of a February 4, 2003 Formal Clearance Report by Legal Attachee from American Embassy in respect of the alleged indictment and forfeiture.
When asked by Fagbemi SAN to produce a copy of the charges against Tinubu, the witness admitted not having any but maintained that the indictment and forfeiture are from civil proceedings.