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Presidential Poll: Tribunal To Consider PDP, LP’s Live Broadcast Request




The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal on Tuesday gave an indication that it would consider the prayer of the Peoples Democratic Party and the Labour Party’s demand for a live broadcast of its proceedings.

The tribunal presided over by Justice Haruna Tsammani asked the parties in the ongoing petitions to settle and decide on their objections, including the motion on notice filed by the PDP and its standard bearer, Atiku Abubakar requesting for the live broadcast of the presidential tribunal proceeding which began on Monday.

Tsammani gave the directive during Tuesday’s hearing when the matter was raised by counsel for the PDP and Atiku, Chris Uche, SAN.

Speaking at the resumed pre-hearing session, the head of the five-man panel assured that the application for a live broadcast of the proceedings “will be considered together with the other issues.”

The PDP and Atiku, in an application dated May 5, argued that televising the court sitting would enhance transparency and boost citizens’ confidence in the judicial process.

The PDP and Atiku are challenging the victory of the president-elect, Bola Tinubu, in the February 25 presidential election on the grounds that the Independent National Electoral Commission failed to electronically upload the election results as of the time the winner was declared.

The respondents in the petition marked: CA/PEPC/05/2023, are the INEC, Tinubu and the APC.

Also, the LP and its candidate, Peter Obi claimed the ex-Lagos State governor did not secure at least one-quarter of the votes cast in the election in the Federal Capital Territory.

Atiku on coverage

In their application for a live telecast of the court proceedings, the PDP and Atiku specifically prayed to the court for an order directing the court’s registry and the parties on modalities for admission of media practitioners and their equipment into the courtroom.

The application filed by their team of lawyers led by Chris Uche, SAN, was premised on the grounds that the matter before the court was a dispute over the outcome of the presidential election held on February 25 and therefore, a matter of national concern and public interest.

They also contended that being a unique electoral dispute with a peculiar constitutional dimension, it was a matter of public interest where millions of Nigerians were stakeholders with a constitutional right to watch the sitting.

The applicants said, “An integral part of the constitutional duty of the court to hold proceedings in public is at discretion to allow public access to proceedings either physically or by electronic means.

“With the huge and tremendous technological advances and developments in Nigeria and beyond, including the current trend by this court towards embracing electronic procedures, virtual hearing and electronic filing, a departure from the rules to allow a regulated televising of the proceedings in this matter is in consonance with the maxim that justice must not only be done but must be seen to be done.

“Televising court proceedings is not alien to this court, and will enhance public confidence.”

Addressing the court during the resumed pre-hearing session on Tuesday, the counsel to Atiku and the PDP stressed the urgency of the application.

He pointed out that the application was a motion of priority which required immediate attention given the national importance of the issue at hand.

Uche stated, “We urge your Lordship to set it down for hearing and adoption as soon as the court’s business may allow.”

In the course of announcing the appearance of the petitioners’ legal team, Uche craved the indulgence of the court to permit him to announce five names against the three recommended, adding that he stumbled upon “order 3 rule 11” which provided the allowance.

But Tsammani asked him to maintain the agreed three names with respect to the presidential election.

 “Agreement is an agreement,” the justice said, but the senior lawyer responded, ‘’My Lord, there were many agreements in this election that were broken.”

 “We were not part of that,” Tsammani countered.

 The counsel for INEC, Abubakar Mahmoud acknowledged the application for a live broadcast of the proceedings which he described as “innocuous” and requested for time to respond “being served yesterday.”

He also adopted their answers in the pre-hearing information sheet filed on May 2.

Responding to the question of live coverage, he said they would wait for a formal response.

The lawyer to the president-elect, Akin Olujimi, SAN, said they would reply to the prayers for live media coverage of the proceedings at the appropriate time.

He added that he had an application to strike out the petition in addition to others.

The counsel to the APC, Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, equally adopted the answers filed on May 2.

He said they had received the application and “we are taking steps to respond appropriately to the application.”

Fagbemi also told the court that he had filed two motions seeking to dismiss the petition and to strike out the responses of the petitioners.

On the motion for live broadcast filed by the petitioners, he said they would reply at the appropriate time.

Responding further, Uche argued that he was just hearing that the 2nd and 3rd respondents had filed their responses, adding that in the spirit of cooperation, he was prepared to accept service in the open court.

 “We pray that the parties don’t insist on the maximum length of time if we are to make progress,’’ he said.

 Fagbemi, however, objected to his statement, insisting on abiding by the rules.

‘’The motion was filed by 9:30 am and not in the open court. If he said counsel should cooperate, we will follow the time and we will not flout the rules,” he noted.

 After the legal teams adopted their various responses, Tsammani ordered them to meet and harmonise their positions in respect of documents to be tendered, those they would object to and those to allow.

He, thereafter, adjourned the pre-hearing of the petition against Tinubu till Thursday by 2 pm.

Earlier, the tribunal also held a pre-hearing session for the petition filed by the Allied Peoples Movement.

The party, through its team of lawyers led by M. Atoyebi, adopted answers filed on April 21, in response to a pre-hearing information sheet that was issued.

Speaking on their demand for live media coverage of the court hearing, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Debo Ologunagba, said it was a matter of national concern and public interest.

Ologunagba, who addressed a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday, contended that being a unique electoral dispute with a peculiar constitutional dimension, it was a matter of public interest in which millions of Nigerians are stakeholders with a constitutional right to watch the sitting.

He stated, ‘’As you are aware, the pre-hearing session in our petition before the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal commenced today (yesterday), Tuesday, May 9, 2023.

“At the pre-hearing session, our legal team announced the filing of a motion on notice before the PEPT requesting a live broadcast of the proceedings of the court.

“This application, which is innocuous, is in the interest of openness which is an essential ingredient of participatory democracy especially as Nigerians are desirous of being directly involved at every stage of the electoral process.’’

“The PDP and Atiku Abubakar have a water-tight petition. Our facts and body of evidence are incontrovertible. Our party restates its confidence in the ability of the Judiciary to discharge its Constitutional duty dispassionately based on the evidence before it,” Ologunagba declared.

LP on coverage

Also, the Chief Spokesman for Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Council, Yunusa Tanko,  endorsed the PDP application for the live transmission of the proceedings.

He said, “It should be telecast live if there is an opportunity for it. This is because of the interest Nigerians have in the case. It is very important they air this particular deliberation publicly so that people will know how the proceedings go.

“Locally and internationally, everybody is interested in this case. It is about the definition of the sovereignty of the nation and its judicial council. It is a very serious matter. It also defines who we are. Are we actually democrats who support the rule of law in this country? If not, we are not democrats.”

Tanko passed a vote of confidence on the court proceedings in the last two days.

 He, however, urged the judiciary not to give in to intimidation and sentiments in dispensing its verdict.

He noted, “So far, so good, what the judges have said was so clear that they are going to look at the substance of the case. It is more important than looking at the technicalities.

“They also make us believe that they want to do away with this matter before swearing-in. That’s encouraging to us. Because the target is to ensure that whoever becomes the president does not have adjudication on his head. If defined deeply, it gives the power to Section 146 of the Constitution to come into action.

Party on swearing-in

“In the event that there is no president, the Senate president, Ahmad Lawan will take over. If the present case goes the way we are praying, what it means is that Lawan will take over as president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. And if Lawan is not returned in the 10th Assembly, he must hand over to the newly elected president of the Senate on June 10.’’

‘’He will then ask for nine months to conduct a fresh election for the president of the country to emerge. That is how it should be to avoid lacunas anywhere. That is no reason for anybody to be apprehensive. Our judiciary should act based on the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he said.

Meanwhile, the PDP has commended the Supreme Court for upholding the election of Ademola Adeleke of Osun State, describing the ruling as a victory for democracy and the rule of law.

Also, Atiku in a statement signed by his media adviser, Paul Ibe has said that the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System has come to stay as a legal instrument for the accreditation and transmission of election results in Nigeria.

 The former Vice President stated this in response to the Supreme Court’s affirmation of Adeleke’s victory.

While congratulating the people of Osun State for the victory, Atiku added that the introduction of technology in the conduct of elections in Nigeria is progress that cannot be reversed.

“We are all witnesses to the copious references to the BVAS technology in coming up with this judgment. The law governing our elections has truly brought power to the people, and those power-mongering politicians who believe that they can freely subvert the inherent power of democracy now have their hopes dashed,” the statement read in part.

 He further urged Nigerians to take an active interest in the nation’s democracy, saying, “We must not put the laws in our hands but remain vigilant because, as the saying goes, ‘eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”

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My Fellow Citizens,

I stand before you honoured to assume the sacred mandate you have given me. My love for this nation is abiding. My confidence in its people, unwavering. And my faith in God Almighty, absolute. I know that His hand shall provide the needed moral strength and clarity of purpose in those instances when we seem to have reached the limits of our human capacity.

This day is bold and majestic yet bright and full of spirit, as is our precious nation.

As a nation, we have long ago decided to march beyond the dimness of night into the open day of renewed national hope.

The question we now ask ourselves is whether to remain faithful to the work inherent in building a better society or retreat into the shadows of our unmet potential. 

For me, there is but one answer. We are too great a nation and too grounded as a people to rob ourselves of our finest destiny.

This nation’s journey has been shaped by the prayers of millions, and the collective sacrifices of us all.

Tinubu Speech
Tinubu at Eagles Square for during his Inauguaration

We have endured hardships that would have made other societies crumble.

Yet, we have shouldered the heavy burden to arrive at this SUBLIME moment where the prospect of a better future merges with our improved capacity to create that future.

To the surprise of many but not to ourselves, we have more firmly established this land as a democracy in both word and deed.

The peaceful transition from one government to another is now our political tradition. This handover symbolizes our trust in God, our enduring faith in representative governance and our belief in our ability to reshape this nation into the society it was always meant to be.

Here, permit me to say a few words to my predecessor, President Muhammadu Buhari. Mr President, you have been an honest, patriotic leader who has done his best for the nation you love. On a more personal note, you are a worthy partner and friend. May History be kind to you.

For many years, Nigeria’s critics have trafficked the rumour that our nation will break apart, even perish.

Yet here we are. We have stumbled at times, but our resilience and diversity have kept us going. 

Our burdens may make us bend at times, but they shall never break us.

Instead, we stand forth as Africa’s most populous nation and as the best hope and strongest champion of the Black Race.

As citizens, we declare as one unified people devoted to one unified national cause, that as long as this world exists, NIGERIA SHALL EXIST.

Today, Fate and Destiny join together to place the torch of human progress in our very hands. We dare not let it slip.

We lift high this torch so that it might shine on every household and in every heart that calls itself Nigerian. We hold this beam aloft because it lights our path with compassion, brotherhood, and peace. May this great light never EXTINGUISH.    

Our administration shall govern on your behalf but never rule over you. We shall consult and dialogue but never dictate. We shall reach out to all but never put down a single person for holding views contrary to our own.

We are here to further mend and heal this nation, not tear and injure it.

In this vein, may I offer a few comments regarding the election that brought us to this juncture. It was a hard fought contest. And it was also fairly won. Since the advent of the Fourth Republic, Nigeria has not held an election of better quality.

The outcome reflected the will of the people. However, my victory does not render me any more Nigerian than my opponents. Nor does it render them any less patriotic.

They shall forever be my fellow compatriots. And I will treat them as such. They represent important constituencies and concerns that wisdom dare not ignore.

They have taken their concerns to court. Seeking legal redress is their right and I fully defend their exercise of this right. This is the essence of the rule of law.

Over six decades ago, our founding fathers gave bravely of themselves to place Nigeria on the map as an independent nation.

We must never allow the labor of those who came before us to wither in vain but to blossom and bring forth a better reality.

Let us take the next great step in the journey they began and believed in.

Today, let us recommit our very selves to placing Nigeria in our hearts as the indispensable home for each and every one of us regardless of creed, ethnicity, or place of birth.

My supporters, I thank you. To those who voted otherwise, I extend my hand across the political divide. I ask you to grasp it in national affinity and brotherhood. For me, political coloration has faded away. All I see are Nigerians. 

May we uphold these fitting and excellent notions as the new Nigerian ideal. 

My fellow compatriots,

The Nigerian ideal which I speak of is more than just an improvement in economic and other statistics. These things are important; but they can never convey the fullness of our story.

Our mission is to improve our way of life in a manner that nurtures our humanity, encourages compassion toward one another, and duly rewards our collective effort to resolve the social ills that seek to divide us.

Our constitution and laws give us a nation on paper. We must work harder at bringing these noble documents to life by strengthening the bonds of economic collaboration, social cohesion, and cultural understanding. Let us develop a shared sense of fairness and equity.

The South must not only seek good for itself but must understand that its interests are served when good comes to the North. The North must see the South likewise.

Whether from the winding creeks of the Niger Delta, the vastness of the northern savannah, the boardrooms of Lagos, the bustling capital of Abuja, or the busy markets of Onitsha, you are all my people. As your president, I shall serve with prejudice toward none but compassion and amity towards all. 

In the coming days and weeks, my team will publicly detail key aspects of our programme. Today, permit me to outline in broad terms a few initiatives that define our concept of progressive good governance in furtherance of the Nigerian ideal:

The principles that will guide our administration are simple: 

1. Nigeria will be impartially governed according to the constitution and the rule of law.

2. We shall defend the nation from terror and all forms of criminality that threaten the peace and stability of our country and our subregion.

3. We shall remodel our economy to bring about growth and development through job creation, food security and an end of extreme poverty.

4. In our administration, Women and youth will feature prominently.

5. Our government will continue to take proactive steps such as championing a credit culture to discourage corruption while strengthening the effectiveness and efficiency of the various anti-corruption agencies.


Security shall be the top priority of our administration because neither prosperity nor justice can prevail amidst insecurity and violence.

To effectively tackle this menace, we shall reform both our security DOCTRINE and its ARCHITECTURE.

We shall invest more in our security personnel, and this means more than an increase in number. We shall provide, better training, equipment, pay and firepower.


On the economy, we target a higher GDP growth and to significantly reduce unemployment. 

We intend to accomplish this by taking the following steps:

First, budgetary reform stimulating the economy without engendering inflation will be instituted.

Second, industrial policy will utilize the full range of fiscal measures to promote domestic manufacturing and lessen import dependency.

Third, electricity will become more accessible and affordable to businesses and homes alike. Power generation should nearly double and transmission and distribution networks improved. We will encourage states to develop local sources as well.

I have a message for our investors, local and foreign: our government shall review all their complaints about multiple taxation and various anti-investment inhibitions.

We shall ensure that investors and foreign businesses repatriate their hard earned dividends and profits home.


My administration must create meaningful opportunities for our youth. We shall honour our campaign commitment of one million new jobs in the digital economy. 

Our government also shall work with the National Assembly to fashion an omnibus Jobs and Prosperity bill. This bill will give our administration the policy space to embark on labour-intensive infrastructural improvements, encourage light industry and provide improved social services for the poor, elderly and vulnerable.


Rural incomes shall be secured by commodity exchange boards guaranteeing minimal prices for certain crops and animal products. A nationwide programme for storage and other facilities to reduce spoilage and waste will be undertaken.

Agricultural hubs will be created throughout the nation to increase production and engage in value-added processing. The livestock sector will be introduced to best modern practices and steps taken to minimize the perennial conflict over land and water resources in this sector.

Through these actions, food shall be made more abundant yet less costly. Farmers shall earn more while the average Nigerian pays less.


We shall continue the efforts of the Buhari administration on infrastructure. Progress toward national networks of roads, rail and ports shall get priority attention.


We commend the decision of the outgoing administration in phasing out the petrol subsidy regime which has increasingly favoured the rich more than the poor. Subsidy can no longer justify its ever-increasing costs in the wake of drying resources. We shall instead re-channel the funds into better investment in public infrastructure, education, health care and jobs that will materially improve the lives of millions.


Monetary policy needs thorough housecleaning. The Central Bank must work towards a unified exchange rate. This will direct funds away from arbitrage into meaningful investment in the plant, equipment and jobs that power the real economy.

Interest rates need to be reduced to increase investment and consumer purchasing in ways that sustain the economy at a higher level.

Whatever merits it had in concept, the currency swap was too harshly applied by the CBN given the number of unbanked Nigerians. The policy shall be reviewed. In the meantime, my administration will treat both currencies as legal tender.


Given the world in which we reside, please permit a few comments regarding foreign policy.

The crisis in Sudan and the turn from democracy by several nations in our immediate neighbourhood are of pressing concern.

As such, my primary foreign policy objective must be the peace and stability of the West African subregion and the African continent. We shall work with ECOWAS, the AU and willing partners in the international community to end extant conflicts and to resolve new ones.

As we contain threats to peace, we shall also retool our foreign policy to more actively lead the regional and continental quest for collective prosperity.


This is the proudest day of my life. But this day does not belong to me. It belongs to you, the people of Nigeria.

On this day, Nigeria affirms its rightful place among the world’s great democracies. There, Nigeria shall reside forever. 

The course of our past and the promise of the future have brought us to this exceptional moment.

In this spirit, I ask you to join me in making Nigeria a more perfect nation and democracy such that the Nigerian ideal becomes and forever remains the Nigerian reality.  

With full confidence in our ability, I declare that these things are within our proximate reach because my name is Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and I am the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. 

May God bless you and

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TRENDING VIDEO: Soludo Breaks Silence On Entry Denial At Tinubu’s Inauguration



Governor of Anambra State, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, has broken his silence on the viral video which shows him being denied entry into the area where he initially attempted to seat during the Monday, May 29, 2023 inauguration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as Nigeria’s new President.

In the about 30 second video, Governor Soludo can be seen trying unsuccessfully to convince security and protocol officials to grant him entry, following which he moves to the area to which he is redirected.

However, speaking through his Press Secretary, Mr Christian Aburime, Prof. Soludo said in a statement on Monday afternoon that what happened has been mischievously misinterpreted by his detractors.

The statement said: “The video shows Governor Chukwuma Charles Soludo arriving the Eagle Square for the Presidential swearing-in ceremony in Abuja and was subsequently being re-directed courteously by protocol officials to the rightful position reserved for him at the other side of the VVIPs sitting positions.

“Redirecting invited guests to their rightful sitting position is neither an issue nor a condescending act.

“For the records, Governor Soludo remains one of the few Governors that was respectfully honoured and invited officially to attend the presidential swearing-in ceremony.

“Consequently, we call on the general public to disregard the trending video. It is pure mischief and deliberate act to mis-inform the public.”

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BREAKING: As SSS Blocks EFCC Officials From Accessing Lagos Office



“They even placed an armoured tank just to scare us away,” one EFCC official told this newspaper.

Officials of the State Security Service (SSS) Tuesday morning prevented officials of the anti-graft agency, EFCC, from gaining access to their office in Ikoyi, Lagos.

As of the time of this report, all the EFCC officials at the office in Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, were prevented from accessing the building by SSS officials, PREMIUM TIMES learnt.

“They even placed an armoured tank just to scare us away,” one EFCC official told this newspaper.

Sources in both agencies said there has been an ongoing rivalry between both agencies over the ownership of the building.

Details later…

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