The Atiku PDP requests live courtroom coverage

The Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate in the just concluded presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, have filed an application for an order to allow the live coverage of the daily court proceedings on the case they brought against the president-elect, Bola Tinubu, which begins today.Continue Reading>>>

In the application filed by his legal team, which was lead by Chris Uche, SAN, he expressly asked for “An order directing the Court’s Registry and the parties on modalities for admission of Media Practitioners and their Equipment into the courtroom.”

According to information received by Punch, PDP presidential candidate Atiku, who has run for president twice, said that the petition was of national importance and interest to the general public.Continue Reading>>>

The world community is interested in Nigeria’s electoral process, he argues, and the case involves voters and residents in the 36 states that make up the Federation who took part in the recently held presidential elections.

They also claim in their motion that, “Given the enormous and tremendous technological advancements and developments in Nigeria and beyond, including the current trend by this court towards embracing electronic procedures, virtual hearing, and electronic filing, a departure from the rules to allow a controlled telecast of the proceedings in this matter is in consonance with the maxim that justice must not only be done, but must be seen to be done.”

The petitioners stated that “televising court proceedings is not foreign to this court and will increase public confidence.”

 

Additionally, they asked the court to revoke Tinubu’s Certificate of Return, which had been given to him by the Independent National Electoral Commission on behalf of the governing All Progressives Congress.

He said that the choice to proclaim Tinubu the winner of the presidential election was “invalid by reason of non-compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2022.”

 

But in a response, Tinubu questioned the legitimacy of petitions seeking to void his election victory through a team of attorneys led by Wole Olanipekun, SAN.

Atiku was characterized by Tinubu in a preliminary objection he filed before the court as a persistent loser who had switched political parties numerous times since 1993 in search of power.

 

Recall that Atiku received 6,984,520 votes, Tinubu received 8,794,726 votes, and Obi received 6,101,533 votes to finish third. Tinubu was declared the winner of the presidential election.

 

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