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Tribunal Dismisses PDP, and LP’s request for live coverage

Written by on May 22, 2023

The Chairman of the Presidential Election Petition Court, Justice Haruna Tsammani, has dismissed the application for live coverage of court proceedings.

At the 2023 Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal, PEPT, sitting in Abuja today, the justice says the application by the Peoples Democratic Party and Labour Party lacked merit.

The presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, had filed an application on May 8 for an order to allow the live coverage of the daily court proceedings on the case they brought against the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, following the February 25 election.

The Labour Party and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, followed suit with a similar application asking that proceedings of the tribunal be televised.

However, a week later, Tinubu opposed the application for a live broadcast of the proceedings of the election petition, describing it as an abuse of court process.

In the same vein, the Allied Peoples Movement, APM, says it plans to call two witnesses in the hearing of its petition before the Presidential Election Petition Court, PEPC.

APM’s lawyer, Shehu Abubakar, who disclosed this today at the resumption of proceedings before the PEPC, says his client plans to conduct its case within two days.

Lawyer to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Kemi Pinheiro, SAN, says his client will call one witness within one day.

On his part, Charles Uwensuyi-Edosomwan, SAN, who represented the All Progressives Congress held that his client plans to call a witness, which may be increased. 

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