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Tribunal dismisses PDP, LP’s request for live coverage of presidential election petition proceedings

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The Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC), led by Justice Haruna Tsammani, has rejected the applications for live coverage of court proceedings filed by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Labour Party (LP). Both parties and their presidential candidates are contesting the outcome of the February 25 presidential election. However, the court determined that the applications lacked merit, leading to their dismissal.

The PDP’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, submitted an application on May 8, requesting permission for live coverage of the daily court proceedings in their case against the President-elect, Bola Tinubu. Similarly, the LP and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, filed a similar application, seeking televised proceedings of the Tribunal. Nevertheless, Tinubu opposed these applications, considering them an abuse of the court process.

The PEPC, in its decision, concluded that the applications made by the opposition parties did not meet the required standard and lacked merit. As a result, the request for live broadcast of the proceedings of the election petition was denied. The court emphasized the need for adherence to the proper legal process and fair proceedings.

Contesting the Presidential Election Outcome: The PDP and LP, dissatisfied with the results of the February 25 presidential election, have taken their grievances to the PEPC. This legal challenge reflects their determination to address alleged irregularities and seek a favorable outcome. However, the denial of live coverage does not undermine the significance of the ongoing court proceedings in determining the legitimacy of the election results.

While the applications for live coverage were dismissed, it is crucial to recognize the importance of upholding fairness and due process in the electoral system. The PEPC plays a critical role in adjudicating election-related disputes and ensuring justice. As the proceedings continue, it remains essential for all parties involved to respect the court’s decisions and follow the prescribed legal procedures.

The rejection of the PDP and LP’s applications for live coverage of the presidential election petition proceedings by the PEPC highlights the court’s decision that these applications lacked merit. As the legal battle continues, it is important to uphold the principles of fairness and due process. The court’s ruling emphasizes the need for adherence to proper legal procedures and ensures that justice is served in the resolution of electoral disputes.

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