President Muhammadu Buhari, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have reportedly objected to move by Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to play video before the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.
Counsels to President Buhari, APC and INEC raised the objected when the petitioners’ lawyer, Chris Uche (SAN) invited Segun Showunmi, Atiku’s media aide, through whom he intended to play the video recordings and tender about 48 documents.
The senior lawyer said Showunmi downloaded from the videos from the internet, adding that the said the video recordings and documents are in relation to happenings during the last presidential election.
But, Alex. Izinyon (SAN), President Buhari’s lawyer, Adeniyi Akintola (SAN) and Yunus Usman (SAN), representing INEC objected to the tendering of the documents and the airing of the video recordings on the grounds that the petitioners did not front-load the items as required under the Electoral Act.
Although the petitioners had set up the gadgets in preparation to playing the video, the tribunal chairman, Justice Mohammed Garba, stood down proceedings to consider arguments by parties and rule on whether or not to allow the airing of the video recordings.