Tribunal judgement: Heavy security in Abuja as Nigerians await verdict
Security has been beefed up in and around the Appeal Court’s premises in Abuja as the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal. PEPT is set to deliver its judgement on the petition filed by angry party candidates in the last election.
According to NAN, Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force and other security personnel were sighted strategically around the premises on Wednesday morning.
Although the five-member panel of the Presidential Election Petition Court, led by Justice Haruna Tsammani, promised to televise the much-awaited event, several Nigerians are thronging into the court to witness the proceeding.
Nigerian Newssphere recalls that the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi and his counterpart in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, had approached the court seeking to nullify the election of President Bola Tinubu, who contested and won under the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
After deliberating on the petitions for months, the court will, in less than hours, deliver its judgement on the matter.
Although the tribunal’s verdict is unlikely to be the final stage of legal wrangling over the election, as lawyers say parties can appeal to the Supreme Court for a final verdict, some activists had expressed readiness to stage protest if the verdict fails to meet their expectations.
Tinubu is currently in India for the G20 Summit.