The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has disclosed why it dismissed an application by the Labour and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
Naija News reports that Obi and his party is seeking the court’s order to allow for a live telecast of the court proceedings on its suit against the victory of President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, during the February 25th election.
“The application lacks merit and is accordingly dismissed,” Justice Haruna Tsammani said on Monday, May 22.
Making references to other countries, the presiding Judge reiterated that live streaming has to be planned and budgeted for and is not carried out from the blues.
Tsammani maintained that such an application is never allowed without rules enabling it to come into effect and as such he said the PEP court can not allow it without the necessary framework or policies.
In a unanimous decision of the five-man panel, the court dismissed the application.
Meanwhile, indications have emerged that some stalwarts of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and President-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu may delay the elections of presiding officers of the incoming 10th National Assembly.
According to Leadership, the proclamation instrument to be issued by the President to the Clerk to the National Assembly (CNA), Sani Magaji Tambuwal, for the inauguration of the new Assembly might be temporarily withheld on the D-Day if the present stalemate in the numbers of lawmakers-elect backing the anointed candidates of the APC in both chambers of the 10th National Assembly on one hand and the ones supporting those insisting on contesting for the presiding offices against the ruling party’s directive persist.
Naija News recalls that the APC NWC had picked Godswill Akpabio (Akwa-Ibom/South-South) for the President of the Senate; Jibrin Barau (Kano/North-West) for the Deputy President of the Senate; Tajudeen Abbas (Kaduna/North-West) for the Speaker, House of Representatives; and Benjamin Kalu (Abia/South-East) for the Deputy Speaker.
The proclamation letter from the President is an instrument that will empower the CNA to proceed to inaugurate the 10th session of the bicameral legislature in their respective chambers before the election of the presiding officers.
The sources, who are top chieftains of the APC, disclose that the tactic to be employed by Tinubu, who would have been sworn in as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria at the time, will be used to buy more time to reign in those considered as dissident lawmakers-elect on the platform of APC in order to avoid defeat for the anointed party candidates.
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