JUST IN: Presidential election petition judgment to be broadcast live



Umar Bangari, the chief registrar of the court of appeal in Abuja, has disclosed that the judgment of the presidential election petition tribunal will be broadcast live on Wednesday, September 6.


“In a bid to promote transparency and openness, these judgments will be televised live by interested Television Stations for the public to follow,” he wrote in a statement.


“The court of appeal wishes to inform the general public that judgment in the following petitions before the Presidential Election Petition Court will be delivered on Wednesday 6. September, 2023:


“• CAREPC/03/2023 between Mr. Peter Gregory Obi & Anor VS. Independent National Electoral Commission & 3 Ors.

“• CA/PEPC/04/2023 between Allied Peoples Movement VS. Independent National Electoral Commission & 4 Ors.

“• CA/PEPC/05/2023 between Abubakar Atiku & Anor VS. Independent National Electoral Commission & 2 Ors.


 “Access to the Court premises will be strictly on accreditation.


“Only accredited individuals, including counsel and representatives of political parties, will be granted access into the Courtroom.


“Interested members of the public are advised to watch proceedings from their television sets.”


Tinubu secured 8,794,726 votes to defeat Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who got 6,984,520, and Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) who polled 6,101,533 votes.


Not satisfied with the outcome, five political parties including the PDP, LP, Action Peoples Party (APP), Allied Peoples Movement (APM) and the Action Alliance (AA) lodged separate petitions before the tribunal seeking to annul Tinubu’s victory.


Shortly after the commencement of the pre-hearing session in May, the APP and AA withdrew their petitions.


Among several issues, the petitioners contended that Tinubu and Kashim Shettima, the vice-president, were not eligible to contest the presidential poll.

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  1. APC did not agree on live telecast of the tribunal proceedings because the proceedings were not market square affair nor football stadium match. The tribunal rejected the arguments of the proponents then. What has changed now and why have they on their own opted for live telecast the judgement. Judiciary is not steady at all thus the disbelief people have in them. It is really unfortunate.


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