Presidential Election Tribunal: Police Beef Up Security Ahead of Appeal Court Judgement

  • Judgement will be broadcasted live.
  • There is a heavy presence of security personnel at the venue.

Ahead of today’s ruling on the judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal instituted by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, challenging the outcome of the February 23, 2019 presidential election which went in favour of the All Progressives Congress 9APC) and its candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, dignitaries have continued to grace the Court of Appeal.

Our correspondent gathered that the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole has arrived at the venue.

Other dignitaries present so far include the Director-General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu, the founder of DAAR Communications, Raymond Dokpesi, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, Mike Ozekhome ,the Senior Advocates of Nigeria in the petitioners,  President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, among others.

READ: Presidential Tribunal: PDM Candidate Reveals What Buhari Promised Him Before Withdrawing His Petition

I could be recalled that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Buhari the winner of the poll with 15,191,847 votes against Atiku’s 11,262,978 votes.

The tribunal judges include Justice Mohammed Garba of the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal who is the Presiding Justice of the five-man panel, Justice Abdul Aboki of the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal, Justice Joseph Ikyegh of the Benin Division of the Court of Appeal, Justice Samuel Oseji of the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal and Justice Peter Ige of the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal.

READ: INEC Server: Presidency Speaks on Rejection of PDP, Atiku’s Request By Tribunal

An arrangement has been made for a live broadcast of the judgment but the faces of the judges will not be shown – cameras will be focussed on the bar and the gallery.

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