Presidential Election Tribunal: Atiku, Peter Obi Lose as Judges Give Key Verdict; LIVE UPDATES

Presidential Election Tribunal: Atiku, Peter Obi Lose as Judges Give Key Verdict; LIVE UPDATES

On Monday, May 8, the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal in Abuja commenced pre-hearing for the petitions that contest the results of the February 25th presidential election.  Continue Full Reading>>>

This event holds significant importance as it could potentially shape the outcome of the election dispute.

Stay tuned for‘s updates on the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal proceedings.

May 22 12:08 PM

Tribunal rejects Atiku, Peter Obi’s application for live broadcast of proceedings

The tribunal has dismissed an application seeking a live broadcast of proceedings of the Election Petition hearings.  Continue Full Reading>>>

In a unanimous ruling, the five-member panel said allowing cameras in the courtroom for live streaming or broadcast of proceedings isn’t provided for in Nigeria’s laws.

The application was dismissed for lacking in merit as allowing such will amount to dramatization of the proceedings of the Court.

May 22 12:01 PM

Tinubu, Shettima’s lawyers react

Tinubu and Shettima, through their lawyer, Akin Olujimi are also opposed to granting an order for consolidation of the petitions.

He argues that the wording of paragraph 50 of the 1st schedule of the Electoral Act may give an impression that it’s mandatory, but he stresses it’s not. They also say the interest of justice will not be served. Olujimi insists the three petitions have different grounds on which they are based on.

Olujimi states that the constitution of the parties is different, as the petition of APM has five respondents, PDP has three respondents, and while Labour Party has four.

Kabiru Masari (Shettima’s Placeholder) also opposes the call for consolidation of the petitions. He spoke through his lawyer, Lawrence Otaru.

Masari says consolidating the petitions will cause embarrassment, confusion and chaos.

The tribunal will, on Tuesday, May 23, give a presentation of its pre-hearing report.

According to Arise News, all respondents, except INEC, are opposed to the call for the consolidation of petitions.

May 22 10:51 AM

APC rejects consolidation of the three petitions

APC through its lawyer, Charles Edosomwan, has rejected the consolidation of the petitions on grounds that the interest of justice will not be served even though he agreed that it is mandatory and at the discretion of the Court.

May 22 10:48 AM

APM has one witness

The Allied People’s Movement (APM) says it has listed one witness and is proposing two days to prosecute its case challenging Tinubu’s victory.

The party also said it’s ready to accept the proposed consolidation of the three surviving petitions.

On its position on the matter of consolidation, INEC said it’s at the discretion of the Court to decide how it goes.

The electoral body added it is taking a neutral stance on the subject of consolidation of the three petitions.

May 22 10:42 AM

Monday, May 22: Tribunal resumes hearing

The Presidential Election Petition Court resumes today, Monday, May 22, with the anticipation of a ruling on the application by the PDP and the Labour Party for a live broadcast of the proceedings.

The five-member panel headed by Justice Haruna Tsammani will make its position clear on the application which INEC, Bola Tinubu and the APC have opposed.

There will also be an update on the instruction by the court for all parties to decide on consolidating the three surviving petitions.

The surviving petitions are those of the PDP, Labour Party and the Allied People’s Movement (APM).

They all seek to nullify Tinubu’s victory in the Presidential Election held on 25 February 2023.

May 20 11:44 AM

Atiku to present about 100 witnesses

The legal representative of Atiku/PDP informed the Court that their clients intend to present approximately 100 witnesses during the hearing of the petition that questions Tinubu’s electoral victory.

They expressed their intention to complete presenting their case within a three-week timeframe, despite being entitled to a period of seven weeks as petitioners.

Peter Obi of the Labour Party intends to call 50 witnesses and requested seven weeks to present his case.

President-elect Bola Tinubu, APC and INEC have also announced the number of witnesses they intend to call. Read the details here.

May 20 11:41 AM

Tinubu to present 39 witnesses in Atiku/PDP’s petition

According to Roland Otaru, the lawyer representing Tinubu, they plan to bring forward 39 witnesses and aim to conclude their portion of the case within a span of nine days.

Otaru further suggested that any reports from ‘expert witnesses’ should be provided at least 48 hours prior to their testimonies being heard.

Additionally, Tinubu emphasised the importance of filing and serving documents to all involved parties ahead of the scheduled hearing of the petition or the calling of witnesses.

May 20 11:39 AM

INEC to present two witnesses during hearing of Atiku/PDP’s petition

INEC, through its lawyer, Abubakar Mahmoud, says it will present two witnesses during the hearing of Atiku/PDP’s petition challenging the outcome of the election.

May 20 11:08 AM

What to expect at the tribunal

The tribunal is set to streamline the hearing procedure for the petitions of the PDP and the Labour Party, according to Channels TV.

The two parties are challenging the victory of the APC candidate and president-elect, Tinubu. gathers that the court will agree on the schedule of the main petition, the number of witnesses that will testify, and the time to be allocated and be cross-examined.

Chris Uche, counsel for the PDP candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and his party, said all the parties had met, considered and agreed on the number of witnesses, duration and examination of witnesses.

May 20 11:07 AM

Saturday, May 20: Tribunal resumes hearing

Welcome to’s live updates of the proceedings today, Saturday, May 20.

Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi and some top officials of the PDP are present in court.

May 19 4:25 PM

Tribunal adjourns

The tribunal, after hearing from the parties, adjourned till tomorrow, Saturday, May 20.

The pre-hearing on the petition of Atiku/PDP may be concluded on Saturday.

May 19 4:22 PM

Details of today’s proceedings: Both PDP and LP’s petitions heard

Various applications filed by INEC, Tinubu and APC have been responded to by the counsel of Atiku/PDP.

Kemi Pinhero, a member of INEC’s legal team informed the Election Petition court that it has two applications against the petition of Atiku/PDP.

The first one seeks the striking out of 32 listed paragraphs of the petition faulting the outcome of the Presidential Election.

However, Chris Uche for Atiku/PDP urged the Court to dismiss the application for grossly lacking in merit and for being incompetent. He says the Court needs to hear the petition on its merit and not in bits.

The second application seeks to strike out the reply in the petitioners’ petition. In reply to this, Chris Uche accused INEC of fighting a proxy war for Bola Tinubu calling to question the neutrality of INEC as an electoral umpire.

The various applications of both Tinubu and APC are seeking an order of the Presidential Election Petition court striking out the petition challenging the outcome of the February 25 Presidential Election.

INEC and the APC have two applications each, while Tinubu has three applications seeking the striking out of Atiku/PDP’s petition against the outcome of the presidential polls.

Meanwhile, following the adoption of the process of all parties in the matter the five-member panel of the court chaired by Justice Haruna Tsammani has reserved a ruling which will be delivered with the final judgement.

May 19 4:06 PM

Pre-hearing of Peter Obi’s petition continues with drama

There was another mild drama as pre-hearing on the Labour Party matter continues.

Awa Kalu announced an appearance for the Labour Party, and Oba Maduabuchi, another counsel rose to announce an appearance also for the Labour Party, the Lamidi Apapa faction.

He informed the Court that he was handed the brief to represent the party.

The Court subsequently intervened, stating that the Apapa faction didn’t file the petition, and as such can’t be legal representation for the Labour Party. The court further added that there can’t be two counsels representing the party.

May 19 10:00 AM

Lamidi Apapa, Peter Obi, others arrive court

Following the previous drama, the acting national chairman of the Labour Party, Lamidi Apapa, fulfilled his promise to return to the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.

On Friday, during the resumption of proceedings, Apapa was seen seated at the back of the courtroom instead of the designated area reserved for Labour Party representatives, according to Channels TV.

Notably, the party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, was also present.

This development comes after Apapa’s brief appearance two days prior when he tried to occupy a seat designated for one of the LP leaders.

This action led to a confrontation with party members, resulting in a heated exchange of words. The tribunal declined to recognize Apapa’s appearance on behalf of the LP since both factions presented their own representatives.

Justice Haruna Tsamani emphasised that if two individuals claim to represent the party, their appearance would not be officially recorded. The tribunal adjourned the proceedings for today to continue with the pre-hearing stage.

As Apapa was leaving the courtroom, he faced a chorus of boos and jeers from party members aligned with National Chairman Julius Abure’s camp, taunting him.

May 19 9:57 AM

Friday, May 19: It’s a fresh day at the Presidential Election Tribunal

Welcome to’s live updates of the proceedings of the presidential election petition tribunal.

Today, Friday, May 19, the tribunal is expected to hear Peter Obi’s petition.

May 18 1:15 PM

Tribunal reveals when it will rule on Atiku’s application

After hearing from all the parties, the tribunal reserved its ruling on Atiku’s application for the live broadcast of proceedings, which will be delivered on Friday, May 19.

On the same day, a similar application by the Labour Party (LP) will also be heard.

May 18 1:14 PM

Lawyers to INEC, APC, Tinubu disagree

Abubakar Mahmoud, counsel for INEC, expressed disagreement with the application, arguing that introducing cameras into the courtroom would undermine the solemn atmosphere the court is known for. He believed that conducting their work without cameras on their faces would maintain the desired seriousness.

Wole Olanipekun, the counsel for APC’s presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, expressed surprise at the petitioner’s application, emphasizing the need for a serious approach in the courtroom. He stressed that the court should not be treated like a stadium, theatre, or circus.

Lateef Fagbemi, counsel for the APC, likened live streaming of the proceedings to reality television shows like BBNaija (Big Brother Nigeria). He argued that jurisdictions with live streaming often miss important elements of the proceedings. Fagbemi also highlighted the distinction between a trial for the public and a trial by the public, suggesting that granting the application could set a precedent for other tribunals seeking the same order.

May 18 1:10 PM

Tribunal hears Atiku’s application for live broadcast of proceedings

Chris Uche, the counsel for Atiku and PDP, emphasised the importance of allowing the televising of proceedings, citing its “monumental national significance.”

He requested an order from the court to determine the modalities of implementation to ensure a solemn and objective environment.

May 18 1:06 PM

Presidential election tribunal resumes hearing

The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal on Thursday, May 18, resumed the continuation of the hearing in the suit by the PDP and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

May 17 1:16 PM

Drama continues after the pre-hearing session

The drama continues after the pre-hearing session at the tribunal as supporters of the Julius Abure-led camp of the party refuse the acting national chairman, Lamidi Apapa, to address the press.

May 17 12:55 PM

Tribunal adjourns Peter Obi’s pre-hearing against Tinubu to May 19

After listening to arguments from the parties involved, the tribunal has adjourned to Friday, May 19, for the continuation of the pre-hearing of Obi’s petition.

Read the details here.

May 17 11:36 AM

INEC’s lawyer reacts, counters Labour Party’s lawyer’s claim

However, the counsel for INEC, Abubakar Mahmoud, expressed surprise at the allegations made by the Labour Party’s counsel. Mahmoud claimed that the Labour Party did not attend the agreed meeting and walked out of the rescheduled meeting.

Mahmoud explained that the documents for Rivers and Sokoto states were indeed provided, but the Labour Party refused to pay the required sum of 1.5 million naira for the Sokoto state documents. Additionally, the Form EC8A for Rivers state had not been handed over to them.

Mahmoud stated that although some documents were given to the party, they refused to collect them until they received the complete set. He assured the court that INEC was making every effort to assist in an open manner.

May 17 11:31 AM

Labour Party’s lawyer accuses INEC of not cooperating

Livy Uzoukwu, the counsel for the Labour Party, informed the court that the meeting held to discuss the submission of documents for the hearing did not yield significant results. According to Uzoukwu, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had only provided 30% of the required documents, which contradicts the commitment made by the INEC Chairman, Mahmoud Yakubu, to make all necessary documents available.

Uzoukwu further stated that the party had not yet received the documents concerning Rivers State. Despite requesting the Resident Electoral Commissioner to put it in writing, Uzoukwu claimed that the Commissioner stated there were no available Forms EC8A but failed to provide written confirmation.

May 17 11:25 AM

Labour Party factions clash

A mild drama ensued between the two camps of the Labour Party on which group should be in court.

The Tribunal refused to take an appearance for the LP as acting National Chairman of the party, Lamidi Apapa and the National Women’s Leader of the party, Dudu Manugu, who tried to make an appearance for the Labour Party when the petition was called.

The tribunal chairman, Justice Haruna Tsamani, said if two persons are making an appearance for the party, they will not be put on record.

Apapa had attempted to occupy the seat reserved for the Abure but was resisted. Read details about the drama here.

May 17 11:23 AM

Peter Obi arrives court

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has arrived court for the pre-hearing of his petition against the President-elect, Bola Tinubu.

According to Channels TV, the embattled LP national chairman, Julius Abure was also in court.

The party’s factional chairman, Lamidi Apapa, was also present. A huge drama ahead.

May 17 11:21 AM

What to expect today: Peter Obi’s petition

Recall that the Tribunal had last week adjourned the pre-hearing session on Peter Obi and the Labour Party (LP)’s petition till May 17 at the instance of the petitioners.

This will be the focus of the tribunal as the judges resume today.

May 17 11:17 AM

Presidential election tribunal resumes sitting

Welcome to’s live updates as the presidential election tribunal resumes sitting today, Wednesday, May 17.

May 11 12:05 PM

Atiku’s petition adjourned

The tribunal has adjourned Atiku/PDP’s motion which sought a live broadcast of the hearings in the presidential election petition case, to Thursday, May 18.

Read the details here.

May 11 11:51 AM

PDP’s lawyer speaks

After the announcement of appearances by various lawyers representing all the parties, the PDP/Atiku’s lead counsel, Dr Chris Uche, informed the court that, in order to allow for a seamless Pre hearing of the case at the tribunal, counsels for various parties, met and have agreed to consolidate on some issues related to documentations and will sort them on Thursday May, 18.

On the motion/application for televising the proceedings of the court, Dr Chris Uche informed the court that the PDP/Atiku is yet to hear from other parties.

He also announced that the PDP/Atiku has been served with additional court processes by the APC and its Presidential Candidate, Bola Tinubu, saying that the team is filing their responses to the new processes.

May 11 9:55 AM

Why I am at the court, Atiku reveals

Atiku takes to his Twitter handle to explain why he is present at the tribunal. The former VP and PDP presidential candidate said he is at the court to observe the proceedings.

His tweet:

“I am at the Court of Appeal, the venue of the 2023 Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT), to observe the proceedings of today’s hearing. -AA”

May 11 9:21 AM
May 11 9:17 AM

Tinubu’s motion seeking dismissal of APM’s petition

Tinubu has also filed a motion seeking the dismissal of the petition by the All Peoples Movement (APM) challenging his election at the pre-hearing stage.

In its petition, APM contends that Tinubu is not qualified to contest the 2023 presidential election because he has not produced a validly nominated running mate.

APM also contends that Shettima was still the nominated senatorial candidate of the APC for Borno Central Senatorial District, Borno state, as of the date he was nominated as the vice presidential candidate on July 14, 2022.

APM and its presidential candidate, Chichi Ojei, also contended that the election was marred by widespread irregularities.

The tribunal will hear Tinubu’s motion today too.

May 11 9:08 AM

PDP, Atiku seek live broadcast of proceedings

Also today, the tribunal will hear the motion by Atiku seeking a live broadcast of the proceedings.

Counsel to Atiku, Chris Uche (SAN), said the application is “an order directing the court’s registry and parties on modalities for admission of media practitioners and equipment into the courtroom.”

May 11 8:57 AM

Presidential Election Petition Tribunal Hearing Enters Day 4

Welcome to’s live updates of the Day 4 proceedings at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal in Abuja.

What to expect today:

  • Tinubu wants Atiku’s petition on dual citizenship issue struck out
  • PDP, Atiku seek live broadcast of proceedings
  • Tinubu’s motion seeking dismissal of APM’s petition

Today, Thursday, May 11, the court will hear the two motions by Tinubu challenging Atiku’s petition.

In the first motion brought by his counsel, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), Tinubu seeks to strike out some paragraphs in Atiku’s petition where he raised new issues, which he said were not pleaded in the original petition while replying to his preliminary objection.

Atiku had contended that Tinubu did not meet the constitutional threshold and is constitutionally disabled from contesting for the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria because he forfeited a sum of $460,000 to the US in a drug case.

The PDP presidential candidate also claimed that Tinubu failed to disclose in his Form EC9 that he holds dual citizenship in Nigeria and Guinea, having voluntarily acquired the citizenship of the Republic of Guinea.

Atiku had further submitted that the grounds for non-qualification are competent, being a constitutional issue.

Tinubu, in his second motion, also asked the tribunal to dismiss the entire petition seeking the nullification of the election for being a breach of the Electoral Act, 2022, filed by Atiku at the pre-hearing stage for being incompetent.

May 10 11:31 AM

APC reacts to APP’s withdrawal of petition

In reaction, counsel to Tinubu, Wole Olanipekun, said he and his client are not opposing the APP’s application for withdrawal, adding that they also are not asking for cost.

Chairman of the Panel, Justice Tsammani, subsequently dismissed the suit with no cost attached.

The APP was challenging the Presidential Election on the grounds of alleged non-compliance with the electoral laws as well as INEC guidelines.

Following the dismissal, the court rose and will reconvene at 2pm for the Labour Party’s suit.

May 10 11:29 AM

APP withdraws petition challenging Tinubu’s victory

Meanwhile, the Action Peoples Party (APP) has applied to withdraw its petition challenging Tinubu’s victory.

The counsel to the APP, Obed Agu, also asked the court to strike out and dismiss the suit.

Agu said he was working on the instructions of his client.

May 10 7:56 AM

Presidential Election Petition Tribunal Hearing Enters Day 3

Welcome to‘s live updates of the Day 3 proceedings at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal in Abuja.

The court will today, Wednesday, May 10, hear the motions brought by the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, over the outcome of the February 25 election.

Recall that the presiding justice of the tribunal, Justice Haruna Tsammani, had on Monday scheduled the hearing on the responses to pre-hearing questions by the parties on Obi and LP’s petition.

The proceeding, which has been fixed for 2 pm, is for the tribunal to review the compliance of parties to its directive to streamline issues they would rely on in the main hearing.

According to Daily Trust, Obi and LP will also bring their motion for the live broadcast of the tribunal proceedings.

May 09 12:22 PM

Atiku’s petition adjourned

The presiding justice, Justice Haruna Tsammani adjourns Atiku’s petition to Thursday, May 11.

Tsammani added the fresh motions brought by Tinubu’s legal team seeking to dismiss Atiku’s petition at the pre-hearing stage will be entertained on the adjourned date. gathers that the Tribunal will also rule on Atiku’s earlier motion for a live broadcast of the proceedings on Thursday.

May 09 12:20 PM

Tinubu’s lawyer reacts

Tinubu’s lawyer said they have filed motions for the tribunal to dismiss the petitions brought by Atiku.

Akin Olujimi (SAN) was responding to whether Tinubu’s team has responded to the pre-hearing questions in Form TF 008 contained in the Atiku petition.

He said “yes” but they have brought motions to ask for the dismissal of the petitions

May 09 11:36 AM

Atiku’s lawyer speaks

Chris Uche (SAN), Atiku’s lawyer tells the tribunal that “several agreements were broken in the 2023 election”.

The senior lawyer was making a submission that it was not compulsory to follow some procedure in the pre-hearing.

He said it when Justice Tsammani told him the procedure has already been agreed. The presiding justice replied “that is for you.”

May 09 11:34 AM

Tribunal commences pre-hearing of Atiku’s petition

It’s now the time for the second petition scheduled for hearing today: Atiku and the PDP’s.

May 09 10:27 AM

APM’s petition adjourned

The presiding justice, Justice Tsammani, has adjourned APM’s petition against Tinubu to Thursday, May 11.

This is to enable parties to look at the applications and pre-hearing issues they would be objecting to and those they won’t be.

The judge added that all applications will be determined during the next pre-hearing session

May 09 8:40 AM

Presidential Election Petition Tribunal Hearing: Day 2

Welcome to’s live updates of the Day 2 proceedings at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal in Abuja.

Below are the petitions that the court will hear today:

  1. Allied Peoples Movement (APM) marked: CA/PEPC/04/2023
  2. Atiku Abubakar & the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) marked: CA/PEPC/05/2023
May 08 2:32 PM

It’s a wrap

Today’s live coverage of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal in Abuja has concluded. The tribunal is set to resume on Tuesday, May 9.

The petitions to be heard tomorrow are by:

  • Allied Peoples Movement (APM) marked: CA/PEPC/04/2023
  • Atiku Abubakar & the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) marked: CA/PEPC/05/2023

Be sure to tune in tomorrow for our live coverage of the proceedings.

We leave you with some photos from the tribunal today.

May 08 2:31 PM

Tribunal adjourns Peter Obi, Labour Party’s petition against Tinubu to May 10

The tribunal fixes May 10 for pre-hearing in the petition of the Labour Party (LP) and Peter Obi challenging Tinubu’s victory.

May 08 2:26 PM

Tribunal adjourns APP’s petition against Tinubu

The tribunal fixes May 10 for pre-hearing in the petition of the Action Peoples Party (APP) challenging the February 25 presidential election.

APP and its presidential candidate, Simon Nnadi, are asking the tribunal to disqualify Tinubu over his alleged non-qualification to contest the election.

They also argued that INEC failed to comply with the provision of the Electoral Act, 2023 by non-transmission of results, which robbed them of their victory in the election, adding that the election was marred by corrupt practices with the election results compromised in nine states.

Also, they contended that the APC and Tinubu did not score the majority of lawful votes cast in the election, including the mandatory 25 per cent of the votes in the FCT.

Earlier, counsel to APP, Obed Agu, said he has filed a pre-hearing application for the APC and Tinubu to concede the election before the matter because of the weight of evidence at APP’s disposal showing Tinubu didn’t win the election.

But lawyers to APC and Tinubu, Lateef Fagbemi and Wole Olanipekun, both Senior Advocates of Nigeria, informed the tribunal that they will deal with the issues at the right time.

May 08 2:06 PM

Summary of Peter Obi’s petition

The petition, jointly filed by Peter Obi and his party, has INEC, Tinubu, Shettima Kashim, and the APC as the respondents.

Prayer 1: 25% votes in FCT

Obi and LP want the tribunal to determine “that the 2nd Respondent (Tinubu) having failed to score one-quarter of the votes cast at the Presidential Election in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja was not entitled to be declared and returned as the winner of the presidential election held on 25 February 2023”.

Prayer 2: Cancellation of Election

Obi and his party also prayed to the court to order the cancellation of the February 25 presidential election.

They added that: “the Presidential election conducted on 25th February 2023 is void on the ground that the election was not conducted substantially in accordance with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2022 and Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as amended”.

Prayer 3: Fresh election

In addition to the election cancellation, the LP candidate asked the court to compel INEC to conduct a fresh election.

Prayer 4: Shettima’s eligibility

Obi also prayed the tribunal to make an order that will disqualify Tinubu and his running mate, Shettima from the fresh election.

He said, “the nomination of Kashim Shettima as vice presidential candidate was defective as he did not withdraw from his nomination as a senatorial candidate of his party before accepting to serve as vice presidential candidate of Mr Tinubu”.

Prayer 5: Tinubu’s Eligibility

The petitioners argue that Tinubu should not have been eligible to run for the office of the president due to his “ineligibility”.

They said the president-elect “was not duly elected by the majority of the lawful votes cast at the time of the election”.

Also, they claimed the APC candidate “was linked to drug trafficking by US court” leading to his eventual forfeiture of the sum of $460,000 to the American government, adding that Tinubu is “not qualified to contest Nigerian presidency”.

May 08 2:05 PM

Peter Obi present at tribunal

Peter Obi, the Labour Party presidential candidate, has arrived at the tribunal.

Peter Obi arrives at tribunal
Presidential Election Petition Tribunal Begins Hearing: LIVE UPDATES Source: Original
May 08 12:05 PM

Atiku, PDP want proceedings to be broadcast live

Meanwhile, it is important to note that Atiku and the PDP had approached the tribunal for an order allowing a live broadcast of the day-to-day proceedings of the court regarding his petition.

It is left to be seen whether the tribunal will grant the wishes of Atiku and his party.

May 08 12:03 PM

Action Alliance withdraws petition against Tinubu

The Action Alliance (AA) has withdrawn their petition against Tinubu. Get the details here.

May 08 11:09 AM

Two other petitions to be heard on Tuesday

Justice Tsammani also said the court has scheduled hearing on the other two petitions for Tuesday, May 9, the Nation reported.

The petitions are by:

  1. Allied Peoples Movement (APM) marked: CA/PEPC/04/2023
  2. Atiku Abubakar & the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) marked: CA/PEPC/05/2023
May 08 11:05 AM

Update: Only 3 petitions will be heard today

The Justice Haruna Tsammani-led five-member panel has announced that it would commence its pre-hearing session today with three petitions.

They are the petitions by:

  1. Action Alliance (AA) marked: CA/PEPC/01/2023;
  2. Action Peoples Party (APP) marked: CA/PEPC/02/2023
  3. Peter Obi & Labour Party (LP) marked: CA/PEPC/03/2023.
May 08 10:21 AM

Lawyers for Atiku, Peter Obi and Tinubu react

In their separate responses, counsels to the President-Elect, Wole Olanikpekun, and of Atiku Abubakar, Chris Uche, as well as Peter Obi’s lawyer, Livy Uzoukwu, assured the court of their full cooperation and support.

The presiding judge concluded that everyone would be satisfied with the verdict at the end of the case.

May 08 10:17 AM

Pre-hearing resumes 9:15am

The court pre-hearing resumed at about 9:15 am with an opening remark by the Presiding Justice Haruna Tsammani, who leads a five-man panel of Justices.

Other members of the panel include Justice Stephen Adah, Justice Monsurat Bolaji-Yusuf, Justice Boloukuoromo Moses Ugo and Justice Abbah Mohammed

Justice Tsammani maintained the panel would do justice to the case and advised the lawyers against making sensational comments.

He also asked for their cooperation since the case is time-bound, and they should be wary of bringing unnecessary applications that will waste the time of the court.

May 08 10:12 AM

List, details of petitions slated for hearing today

From the Cause list, the unveiling of the tribunal, the first case to be adjudicated, is the Action Alliance (AA) and its Presidential Candidate in the election, Solomon David Okanigbuan notifying the tribunal of their intentions to withdraw their petition against the declaration of Tinubu as Nigeria’s President-elect after the unveiling of the tribunal.

Besides Tinubu, others listed as respondents in AA’s petition are the INEC, APC, and Hamza Al Mustapha.

Other petitions slated for the pre-hearing session are those of the Action People’s Party (APP), which has Tinubu, APC and INEC as three respondents.

It would be followed by that of Peter Obi and the Labour Party (LP) marked CA/PEPC/03/2023 with INEC, Tinubu, Senator Kashim Shetima and APC as four respondents.

The Allied People’s Movement (APM) would proceed next against Tinubu.

Defendants in APM’s petition are INEC, APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Kashim Shetima and one Kabir Masari.

Atiku and the PDP marked CA/ PEPC/05/2023 would be treated last and has INEC, Tinubu and the APC as three respondents.

May 08 10:06 AM

Security beefed up

A report by Channels TV indicates that security has been beefed up as the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal Abuja begins the pre-hearing of the petition.

The media outfit said it observed that security around the court premises is almost impervious as men of the Nigerian Police Force cordoned off the road leading to the court.

May 08 10:04 AM

Presidential election petition tribunal: Lawyers set for the proceedings

Some lawyers at the presidential election tribunal waiting for the start of proceedings.

May 08 9:55 AM

Courtroom opens!

The Chamber of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal is filled: Lawyers, journalists and other stakeholders are in the court as the hearing is set to commence on the 2023 presidential election petitions.

The venue of the tribunal is the Court of Appeal headquarters in Abuja.

May 08 9:49 AM

Atiku, Peter Obi versus Tinubu: Lawyers hang around as courtroom for presidential tribunal remains shut, photos emerge

Emerging reports indicate that the courtroom for the presidential election petition tribunal remains shut this morning.

Lawyers were seen hanging around the court premises.

May 08 9:26 AM

Presidential Election Petition Tribunal: What to expect at today’s proceedings

At the pre-hearing today, a senior lawyer in Tinubu’s camp told The Punch what is expected to happen.

The unnamed lawyer was quoted as saying:

“The only thing they will do is to schedule the hearing, the number of witnesses, how many minutes the witness will use, and how to admit the documents; that’s what they call pre-trial.

“They are going to prepare a timetable for the hearing of the cases, the number of days to be spent by the petitioners, the number of days to be spent by the respondents, how do we take in the documents, certified true copy of the documents, are they going to be admitted like that or if there is an objection, how do we raise an objection to document?

“Will the court write a ruling on objection immediately or will the court write it in the cause of the main judgment? Those are the things that will happen tomorrow (Monday).”

May 08 9:24 AM

Presidential election tribunal: List of candidates, parties that want court to sack Bola Tinubu

Five of Tinubu’s contenders are challenging the outcome of the polls in court.

  1. Atiku Abubakar

  2. Peter Obi

  3. Action Peoples Party (APP)

  4. All Peoples Movement (APM)

  5. Action Alliance (AA)

May 08 9:12 AM

Background: How INEC declared Tinubu winner of 2023 presidential election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared that Bola Tinubu of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) polled 8,794,726 votes to win the election.

According to the commission, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) came second with 6,984,520 votes, while the Labour Party (LP)’s Peter Obi came third with 6,101,533 votes.

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