The Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) has reserved ruling in the application filed by Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for a live broadcast of the proceedings.
The court took the decision after the application was moved and argued by respective counsel for the petitioner and the respondents.
Although the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC); the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and his political platform(APC), all urged the court to dismiss the application, counsel to Atiku and PDP, Chief Chris Uche (SAN), expressed the importance of the application in urging the court to grant it.
Counsel to INEC, Abubakar Mahmoud(SAN); Wole Olanipekun (SAN) for Tinubu and Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) for APC all attacked the competence of the application and urged the court to dismiss same.
The respondents counsel submitted in their counter affidavit that the application is outside the jurisdiction and competence of the election tribunal as the issues raised touches on policy formulation.
“The application also touches on the powers and jurisdiction invested in the President of the Court of Appeal by the Constitution, over which this honourable court as presently constituted cannot entertain.
“The application touches on the administrative functions, which are exclusively reserved for the President of the Court of Appeal.
“The application is aimed at dissipating the precious judicial time of this honourable court.