PEPC will hear Atiku motion for live broadcast of proceedings , says presiding Justice Tsammani

Justice Haruna Tsammani
Justice Haruna Tsammani

The Presidential Election Petition Court on Tuesday said that the application filed by Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and it’s presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar seeking approval for live broadcast of the Court proceedings on petition will be taken once the respondents file their replies .

Presiding justice of the panel Haruna Tsammani gave the indication on Tuesday while adjourning the Petition filed by Atiku Abubakar and PDP to Thursday, May 11 by 2 pm .

The Court directed the parties to file all their processes and sort out with other counsel in their case those documents they would be opposing during the hearing.

Atiku’s lead counsel Chief Chris Uche SAN, had on Tuesday informed the Court that he had filed the application seeking approval for live broadcast of the proceedings of their petition.

He said he had served all the respondents with the application and solicited their cooperation to file their responses with out insisting on the rule of the court which provides a longer period of time “since the whole essence of pre-hearing is to bridge the time.”

Uche SAN also told the Court that the 2nd and 3rd respondents lawyers were alluding to applications seeking to strike out or dismiss the petitioner information sheet while addressing the court. He pleaded with the Court to direct the respondents to serve him with the said applications.

In thier responses ,Chief Lateef Fagbemi SAN counsel for All Progressives Congress,APC, Abubakar Mahmoud SAN,counsel for Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, and Chief Akin Olujimi SAN, counsel for Bola Tinubu confirmed receipt of the application.

They said however that they were served with the process yesterday and are within time to respond. They said that in any case their applications were being served during the proceedings and Uche should be fair enough and acknowledge that he was being served.

According to Fagbemi, ” my immediate response is that you will hear from us by the time allowed by the rule.”

The senior lawyer said that besides, he had filed pre -hearing information sheet which he applied to adopt and the answers contained therein as their position in the pre hearing session.

Abubakar Mahmoud SAN and Chief Akin Olujimi SAN also followed same process in identifying the court processes they had filed.