Plans to commence the defence by the Independent National Electoral Commission before the Presidential Election Petitions Court on Monday recorded a setback due to the absence of its first witness.
INEC, which is the first respondent in the petition by the Labour Party and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, was scheduled to open its defence today.
The petitioners are challenging the emergence of President Bola Tinubu and Vice-President Kashim Shettima of the All Progressives Congress in the February 25 election.
At the resumed hearing, counsel to INEC, Abubakar Mahmoud, told the court that he planned to call three witnesses within three days, but the one slated for the day’s hearing was unavailable due to some domestic issues.
He subsequently applied for an adjournment till Tuesday to enable the witness to attend court.
Counsel to other parties did not object to the request by INEC’s counsel.
The Chairmen of the panel, Justice Haruna Tsammani, subsequently adjourned till 9 am on Tuesday for the hearing.
INEC is also expected to open its defence at 2 pm in the petition by the People’s Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.