Abuja, FCT – Phones and other electronic devices are not permitted in the courtroom while proceedings are taking place, according to the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.
On Saturday, May 20, this development was confirmed on the court grounds in the morning. On Monday, May 22, the new rules announced by the presidential election petition tribunal will go into effect. Segun Adeyemi provided the picture. the original source The new directive was posted on the courtroom doors as a public notice, according to AIT news online. Senior attorneys and journalists, according to information obtained, were asked to hand over their technology at the entrance to the court. Several attorneys and observers were also left stranded outside the courtroom, which had already been closed behind them, as can be seen in a popular video by Legit.ng.
According to reports, the situation became even more tense when the tribunal secretary, Josephine Ekperobe, arrived on the scene and pleaded with the attorneys and reporters waiting outside the courtroom to follow the court’s instructions before entering the room.
The crowd became very agitated when she approached, and their protests forced her to leave the area. After about 45 minutes, it was learned that anyone could enter the courtroom. Although the PEPT secretary did not provide a justification for the issued order, it is still unclear why this new directive was issued. She did point out that it was a directive from above and that it would go into effect on Monday, May 22.
Atiku, PDP react to tribunal’s directives
Demola Olarewaju, a PDP leader and Atiku Abubakar’s aide, reacted to this development by claiming that the tribunal’s ruling was the result of a plot involving the incoming president, his party, and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“The attempt by Tinubu/APC in connivance with INEC to frustrate the participation of Nigerians in the PEPC proceedings via live broadcasts may find succour with the Court. “They’re all on trial in the Court of Public Opinion, and we await judgement today with eyes on the judiciary.”