The legal teams of Mr Tinubu, APC, and INEC had opposed the application for live broadcast of the proceedings of the Presidential Election Petition Court, where Atiku and Peter Obi are challenging the president-elect’s victory.
The Presidential Election Petition Court in Abuja on Monday rejected the applications for live broadcast of proceedings in Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi’s petitions challenging Bola Tinubu’s victory as Nigeria’s president-elect.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku and Labour Party’s Mr Obi had urged the court to allow a live broadcast of its sessions owing to the magnitude of the dispute.
Citing section 36 of the Nigerian constitution, Mr Tsammani held that fair hearing of court proceedings “does not amount to conducting court sittings on television or in a stadium.”
The request (for a live broadcast of the court proceedings) has no utilitarian value. Live broadcast of court proceedings has no provisions in our statutory books,” Mr Tsammani noted. “There is nowhere in the constitution and Electoral Act for televising court sittings.”
Mr Tsammani said, “We cannot permit a procedure that dramatises the court’s proceedings.