The Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) will on Wednesday, September 6 deliver judgment on petitions against the declaration of Ahmed Bola Tinubu as the winner of the February 25 presidential election.
The court had reserved judgment after the petitioners- the Peoples Democratic Party and its flag bearer, Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi and the Labour Party closed their cases in June after calling 40 out of the 150 witnesses earlier listed in their petitions challenging the victory of the All Progressives Congress and the President.Obi and Atiku, in their respective cases, are challenging the election on the basis of INEC’s failure to carry out electronic transmission of results from the polling units.
They also contended that Tinubu failed to secure a majority of votes cast in the election and 25 percent of votes cast in the federal capital territory (FCT) which they argued is a constitutional requirement for a candidate to win the election. Another issue raised by the petitioners is that the APC vice-presidential candidate, Kashim Shettima, had a double nomination both as vice-president and as a senatorial candidate for Borno Central.
The Court of Appeal said the presidential tribunal judgement on the petitions before it would be aired live.
The court said this was to promote, transparency and openness and for Nigerians to watch.The Chief Registrar, Court of Appeal HQ, Umar Bangari, stated this while disclosing the date for the judgment on the matter. He said the date for the judgement had been fixed for September 6, 2023.