Election Petition

Bola Tinubu Opposes Live Broadcast Request in Election Petition: Calls It an Abuse of Court Processes


In a recent development, President-elect Bola Tinubu has strongly opposed the application put forth by his closest rival, Atiku Abubakar, and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for a live broadcast of the election petition proceedings. Tinubu, along with his vice, Kashim Shettima, through their legal team led by Chief Wole Olanipekun, has labeled the application as an “abuse of the processes of this honorable court.”

In their response, the respondents have urged the Presidential Election Petition Court to dismiss the application, emphasizing that the relief sought by the applicants is not within the court’s authority to grant. They contend that the application is linked to matters of court policy formulation, which falls outside the jurisdiction of the present composition of the PEPC.

“The application also encroaches upon the powers and jurisdiction vested in the President of the Court of Appeal by the Constitution, which the current composition of this honorable court cannot entertain. Furthermore, the application seeks to consume the valuable judicial time of this honorable court,” the respondents stated.

The respondents argue that the applicants’ reference to virtual proceedings during the COVID-19 pandemic fails to acknowledge the practice directions established by the respective courts for such proceedings. They further highlight that the application invites the court to make an order that it cannot supervise or enforce.

Describing the application as academic, unnecessary, and time-wasting, the respondents emphasize that the court must maintain its integrity and decorum. They assert that the court is not a platform for public entertainment, but rather a serene and honorable institution where justice is administered.

“Beyond all these, it is our submission that the court of law must and should always remain what it is, what it should be, and what it is expected to be: a serene, disciplined, hallowed, tranquil, honorable, and decorous institution and place,” the respondents added.

In conclusion, Tinubu’s legal team firmly asserts that the application is an abuse of court processes and urges the court to dismiss it. As the election petition unfolds, the court’s decision on this matter will significantly impact the proceedings and the expectations of all parties involved.

Key Highlights:

  1. President-elect Bola Tinubu challenges Atiku Abubakar and PDP’s application for live broadcast of election petition proceedings.
  2. Tinubu’s legal team argues that the application is an abuse of court processes and requests its dismissal.
  3. Respondents state that the court is not a platform for public entertainment and assert that the application falls outside the court’s jurisdiction.
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