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Election Tribunal: Bola Tinubu To Respond To Atiku’s Request For Election Proceedings To Be Televised


Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the President-elect, has informed the Abuja-based Presidential Election Petition Tribunal that he will answer to Atiku Abubakar’s request for the hearings to be streamed live.

In order for him to reply to the request for an injunction allowing live coverage of daily proceedings on petitions seeking to invalidate his election, the tribunal then postponed its decision until Thursday.

Through a team of attorneys led by Chief Chris Uche (SAN), the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) candidate for president in the election that took place on February 25 pleaded with the court to allow televised proceedings in his petition challenging Tinubu’s declaration as the election’s victor in a document dated May 5.

“My Lords, my immediate response is that he will hear from us within the time allowed by the rules,” he added. 

Likewise, counsel that represented APC, Chief Akin Olujinmi (SAN), noted that the petitioners served him on Monday.

He added: “We are taking steps to respond appropriately to the application within the time permitted by rules of this court.”

Earlier, INEC, also confirmed that it was served with the application. 

The Justice Tsanammi-led five-member panel adjourned further pre-hearing proceedings on Atiku’s petition till Thursday.

It ordered all the parties to sort out all the documents they would either concede to or object to, as well as key issues to be considered with respect to the petition. 

The court held that it would hear the application for live coverage of its proceedings, once all the respondents filed their responses.

Meanwhile, Tinubu has asked the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal to dismiss the petition by the Allied Peoples Movement, APM, seeking to nullify his election victory.

Tinubu maintained that the petition was bereft of merit and substance.