Presidential tribunal’s verdicts ready, approves live transmission

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal is ready with its verdicts on the three pending cases challenging the outcome of the 25 February Presidential election and its proceedings will be broadcast live Wednesday.

The Court of Appeal Registrar, Umar Bangari, in a statement on Monday, disclosed that the proceedings will be open to live broadcast by interested television stations to promote, transparency and openness and for Nigerians to watch.

“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 6th September 2023: CA/PEPC/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.

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

He also said only accredited persons, including counsel and representatives of political parties, would be granted access to the courtroom on judgment day, while interested members of the public were advised to watch proceedings from their television sets.

Bangari appealed for the maximum cooperation of the general public to ensure a hitch-free exercise.

The Labour Party, the Peoples Democratic Party and the Allied Peoples Movement as well as their Presidential candidates, had petitioned the tribunal seeking to nullify the election of President Bola Tinubu as the winner of the 2023 Presidential election.

Judgement is also expected to be delivered by election tribunals in 25 States for Governorship, National Assembly, and State Assembly election petitions.

The results of the polls announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission are being contested in no fewer than 25 States out of the 28 States where elections were conducted.

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