Presidential tribunal judges shutdown APC lawyer for interruption and complaining




On Wednesday, there was a small amount of drama at the Court of Appeal, the location of the Presidential Election Petitions Court, when the judges slammed Charles Uwensuyi-Edosomwan, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and counsel for the All-Progressives Congress (APC), for interruption.

In what can only be characterised as a marathon judgement, the Appeal Court Justices were handing down their decisions as Edosomwan was probably reacting to the lengthy hours he had already spent at the court.

The legal counsel requested at 5 p.m. that the court be brief and "dismiss or allow" the petitions of the Labour Party and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, against the victory of President Bola Tinubu of the APC. The legal counsel was exhausted after the 8-hour judgement delivery by the 5-man panel led by Justice Haruna Tsammani.

Uwensuyi-Edosomwan, who interjected while judgment was being delivered said, “I have listened to your Lordship’s eloquent judgement.’’

However, one of the judges shut down the senior lawyer saying,

  1. ‘’Sorry, please learned senior, you don’t have to interrupt judgment, we are delivering judgment and we are still on. Please leave the judgment where it is. If you are confused, when you get the judgment, you read it.”

One of the judges inquired after the attorney claimed he wasn't confused and was merely offering a suggestion:

  1. “You don’t have to suggest to us how to deliver judgment. So, you seriously think that all five of us wouldn’t know that?”

Uwensuyi-Edosomwan, who subsequently apologized, took his seat while the judgment resumed.




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