UPDATED: Tribunal proceedings won’t be broadcast live, court rules


The presidential election petitions tribunal has dismissed an application for a live broadcast of its proceedings on matters arising from the February 25 presidential election.

In a unanimous ruling, the court held that the application has no basis in any known law or judicial procedure.

The Chairman of the Presidential Election Petition Court, Justice Haruna Tsammani, it was who dismissed the application for live coverage of court proceedings.

At the proceeding in Abuja on Monday, Justice Tsammani said the application by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Labour Party (LP) lacked merit.




The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, had filed an application on May 8 for an order to allow the live coverage of the daily court proceedings on the case they brought against the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, following the February 25 election.

The Labour Party (LP) and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, followed suit with a similar application asking that proceedings of the tribunal be televised.

However, a week later, Tinubu opposed the application for a live broadcast of the proceedings of the election petition, describing it as an abuse of court process.