Atiku Loses Bid For Live Telecast of Presidential Election Petition Court Proceedings

Atiku Abubakar's request for a live stream of the proceedings of his petition challenging the election and declaration of Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the winner of the most recent presidential election was denied by the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) on Monday in Abuja.


In a unanimous decision, Justice Haruna Simon, the court's chairman, dismissed the application as being without merit.


The court ruled that although the request was new, it wasn't currently covered by any laws in the nation.


According to the five-person panel, the request was unrelated to the plea Atiku submitted to the court.


Justice Tsammani further stated that the motion should not be granted at this time because it could turn the Court into a stadium or market square.


Additionally, Justice Tsammani ruled that allowing live telecast of the petition's hearings would not give the petition any more dictatorial legitimacy.


After concluding that the petition lacked merit, Justice Tsammani rejected it.


Because of the colossal importance of his appeal, Atiku asked the court hearing his challenge against the results of the presidential elections on February 25 for an order authorizing live broadcast of the ongoing proceedings.


In the plea, Atiku and the PDP requested that the court issue "An order Directing the Court's Registry and the Parties on Modalities for Admission of Media Practitioners and their Equipment into the Courtroom."




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