The President-elect, Bola Tinubu, and his party, the All Progressives Congress APC,has opposed the request for a live broadcast of day-to-day proceedings of the tribunal hearing of the petitions seeking to annul his election.
Recall that Vice President and candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the presidential election that was held on February 25, Atiku Abubakar, had in an application dated May 5, prayed the Presidential Election Petition Court, PEPC, sitting in Abuja, to allow its proceedings to be televised.
He argued that the case involved the interest of citizens and the electorate in the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, who he said voted and participated in the presidential poll.
Atiku and the PDP insisted that their case against Tinubu, being a unique electoral dispute with a peculiar constitutional dimension, said it was a matter of public interest in which millions of Nigerian citizens and voters are stakeholders, with the constitutional right to be part of the proceedings.
Candidate of the Labour Party, LP, Mr Peter Obi, who also filed a petition to challenge the outcome of the election, had since thrown his weight behind Atiku’s request.
However, in separate processes, they filed before the court, both Tinubu and the APC urged the court to dismiss Atiku’s application which they described as an abuse of the legal process.
They also argued that the tribunal is not a Football match in a stardium,or world concert that needs to be televised, According to the council of Tinubu, the hearing is a delicate one that needs concentration, without distraction or pressure from anybody.