Request by the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, and his Labour Party, LP counterpart, Peter Obi, for live broadcast of proceedings of their petition against the election and declaration of Bola Ahmed Tinubu as winner of the February 25, 2023 presidential election has been rejected.
The Presidential Election Petition Court, PEPC, in a unanimous verdict delivered by its chairman, Justice Haruna Simon Tsammani, dismissed the appeal for lacking merit, saying the request was novel but not supported by any law in the country.
Atiku and Obi, through their lead lawyers, Chris Uche, SAN, and Livy Uzoukwu, SAN, insisted that the petition they lodged querying the declaration of the candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, as winner, was a matter of monumental national concern and public interest.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court is expected to deliver judgment in an application by the PDP, praying for the disqualification of Tinubu and Shettima on May 26. The Party, in the appeal, implored the Apex Court to reverse the decision of the intermediary court, led by Justice James Abundaga, which held that the party failed to establish its locus standi.