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Atiku Loses Case On Live Telecast Of Presidential Election Petition Proceedings



The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has lost his case seeking for the live streaming of proceedings of his petition against the election and declaration of Bola Ahmed Tinubu as winner of the last presidential election.

The Presidential Election Petition Court delivered the judgment on Monday in Abuja.

According to PEPC, the request has no backing of any law in the country for now.

Delivering the judgment, the Chairman of the Court, Justice Haruna Simon Tsammani, said the request was not rooted from the petition Atiku filed before the Court.

He held that the court is not a stadium or market square that should allow such level of openness.

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Besides, Justice Tsammani held that granting live telecast of the proceedings of the petition would not add any totalitarian value to the petition.

Justice Tsammani finally held that the petition was without merit and subsequently dismissed it.

Atiku had approached the court hearing his case against the outcome of the February 25 presidential polls for an order allowing live broadcast of the day-to-day proceedings regarding his petition because of its monumental importance.

Atiku and the PDP, in the application, specifically prayed the tribunal for “An order Directing the Court’s Registry and the parties on modalities for admission of Media Practitioners and their Equipment into the courtroom.”

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