The much-anticipated ruling from the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPT) is slated for delivery on Wednesday, September 6th, as confirmed by the Court of Appeal Registrar, Umar Bangari. The proceedings will be made accessible through live broadcasts by interested television networks.
In an official statement, the court registrar announced, “The Court of Appeal wishes to inform the General Public that judgment in the following petitions before the Presidential Election Petition Court will be delivered on Wednesday, 6th September 2023: CA/PEPC/03/2023 between Mr. Peter Gregory Obi & Anor VS. Independent National Electoral Commission & 3 Ors. CA/PEPC/04/2023 between Allied Peoples Movement VS. Independent National Electoral Commission & 4 Ors.”
He further noted, “CA/PEPC/05/2023 between Abubakar Atiku & Anor VS. Independent National Electoral Commission & 2 Ors. In a bid to promote transparency and openness, these judgments will be televised live by interested Television Stations for the public to follow.”
However, access to the courtroom will be strictly regulated through accreditation. Only accredited individuals, including legal counsel and political party representatives, will be granted entry. The general public is encouraged to watch the proceedings from the comfort of their television sets, and cooperation is sought for a smooth process.
The Labour Party (LP), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), along with their respective presidential candidates, had lodged petitions with the tribunal in an attempt to challenge the election victory of President Bola Tinubu in the 2023 presidential election.
Additionally, judgments are anticipated from election tribunals in 25 states concerning governorship, National Assembly, and state assembly election disputes. These cases contest the results declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in a substantial portion of the 28 states where elections were conducted.