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Tinubu to file response to Atiku’s live broadcast motion Monday

The practice of ‘courtocracy’: We ain’t seen nothing yet!

President-elect Bola Tinubu’s lawyer, Wole Olanipekun, has said he will respond to the motion for live broadcast of the proceedings by Monday.

He said his team was served documents to the effect late Tuesday.

Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had asked the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal for an order to allow live broadcast of proceedings of his petition. But on Thursday, when many were expecting to know if the order will be granted or not, Chris Uche, counsel to Atiku, informed the court that he was yet to get responses to his processes seeking televising of court proceedings.

All the parties later agreed to reconvene next week Thursday for the continuation of the pre-hearing of the applications.

Earlier, the tribunal adjourned the pre-hearing of the petition filed by Atiku challenging Tinubu’s victory at the 2023 presidential elections.

Justice Haruna Tsammani adjourned the hearing for further pre-hearing, following a request by Uche, counsel to Atiku, at the pre-hearing session on Thursday, which was initially scheduled for 2pm but held earlier.

“We urge counsels to keep to the content of the agreement for speedy conclusion of the pre-hearing session. We hope that you will continue with such cooperation till the conclusion of this petition,” the judge said.

Atiku was in court, accompanied by Liyel Imoke, former Cross River governor; Boni Haruna, former Adamawa governor; Babangida Aliyu, former Niger governor; and Uche Secondus, former national chairman of the PDP.

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Atiku wants the court to nullify the election victory of Tinubu on the grounds that he did not garner a majority of lawful votes cast in 2/3 of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory.

At the pre-hearing session, Uche informed that counsels for the respective parties have met and put heads together to determine and harmonise issues for determination.

“Finally, we have agreed and proposed Thursday (May 18), to file responses to all applications,” Uche said.

Lateef Fagbemi, counsel to the All Progressives Congress, also told the court that he filed two motions seeking to dismiss the petition and to strike out the responses of the petitioners.