The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has fixed September 6 to deliver the much-awaited judgement on the petitions brought before it separately by three political parties.
Interestingly, the court mentioned that the proceedings would be televised live for the public to follow on Wednesday, according to a press statement issued with the Court of Appeal’s letterhead by Umar Bangari, the court’s chief registrar, on Monday.
It added that entrance into the court would be upon accreditation. Therefore, accredited persons, including petitioners and their representatives, would only be let into the courtroom.
The statement read in part, “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.
“IMPORTANT NOTE: 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 the proceedings from their television sets.”
While appealing for maximum cooperation from the public, the Court of Appeal advised interested individuals and organisations to contact select staff members for accreditation and further enquiries.
Petitioners in the cases are Labour Party’s Peter Obi, Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party and the Allied Peoples Movement’s Princess ChiChi Ojei. All these petitioners challenged the declaration of Bola Tinubu by the Independent National Electoral Commission as the winner of the February 25 presidential election.
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