The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has fixed hearing for Monday, September, 12 on the petition filed by Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) challenging the victory of President Goodluck Jonathan in the April 16, 2011 presidential election. The tribunal has also come out with guidelines indicating the form the proceedings would take.
The Acting Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Mohammad Garba, gave this hint in his ruling in Abuja on Wednesday.
He also stated that once the hearing of the petition resumes, it would run from Monday through Saturday everyday without any adjournment until the case would be determined.
Justice Garba noted that this was necessary in order to meet up with the stipulated time of 180 days for hearing the case as provided for by the constitution and the Electoral Act.
According to the Electoral Act, all petitions regarding elections must be heard and concluded within 180 days from the commencement of the first pre-hearing session.
Justice Garba disclosed that the petitioner would have ten days to present and defend its petition during the hearing sessions, while the respondents would be given five days each, to present their defence to the petition.
He went further that each respondent would be given five minutes to cross examine the witnesses for the petitioner, while the petitioner would be given same amount of time to cross examine the witnesses for the respondents.