The application by Peter Obi and the Labour Party for live-streaming of the court proceedings has led the Presidential Election Petition Court, headed by Justice Haruna Tsammani, to reserve its ruling until Monday. Following the adoption of various processes by the parties’ lawyers, Justice Tsammani made this announcement.
The court is currently dealing with three aggrieved political parties challenging the outcome of the February 25 elections, where Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Party was declared the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
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The respondents in the suit include INEC, Tinubu, Vice-President-elect Kashim Shettima, and their party, the APC. Awa Kalu SAN, the lawyer representing Obi and the LP, urged the court to allow a live telecast of the electoral petition in the public’s interest, while the respondents’ counsels presented their counter-affidavits and requested the court to reject the application on the grounds of lacking merit and being a distraction. The court adjourned until Saturday for the next pre-hearing session in the petition.