The Presidential Election Petition Court, had to step down hearing in the petition filed by Mr Peter Obi and the Labour Party, against the election of President Bola Tinubu for 10 minutes.
The petition was stepped down by the court following poor schedule of documents being sought to be tendered to establish the allegations of malpractices during the Presidential election.
At the resumed hearing, the court discovered that the documents were not properly scheduled as ordered by the court.
Some discrepancies were uncovered while rendering the documents from the 23 Local Government Areas of Benue State.
Counsel to Obi and the Party, Emeka Okpoko sought to use documents not filed to conduct the proceedings but the move was rejected on the ground of illegality.
The court subsequently stepped down hearing of the petition to 10 minutes and asked the legal team to re- file the schedule of documents in line with the provisions of the pre-hearing report.
Present in court, is the LP flagbearer Peter Obi and his Vice, Datti Baba- Ahmed.
Shortly after, the court reconvened following the Order of the Justices to Obi’s legal team, to go home and put their house in order, owing to the poor schedule of documents being sought to be tendered by them.
While the legal team appeared not organized, the five-man panel of justices stated that obi’s lawyers underrated the magnitude of the task given to them.
Advising the counsel for the petitioners, Emeka Okpoko not to waste the time of the court, the five man-panel admonished him on arrangement of documents before the court stating that the court was not a market place.
However, another Counsel who is part of the legal team, Awa Kalu, intervened.
He told the court that they had asked for an adjournment to today for serious business and as such, are not ready to go back home, but would rather continue with the documents that are properly arranged before the court.
He therefore asked that 16 out of the 21 local Governments in Rivers state initially mentioned, be taken.
Justice Haruma Tsamani, therefore allowed tendering of those documents properly before the court.