Presidential Election Petition Tribunal Finally set date to deliver Judgement.
Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal (PEPT) to deliver judgement September 16
The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal (PEPT) has reportedly fixed Saturday, September 16 as the date to deliver its final ruling on the outcome of the 2023 presidential election.
The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal (PEPT) may have finally fixed Saturday, September 16 as date for the much-awaited judgement on the petitions challenging the pronouncement of Bola Tinubu as winner of the February 25 presidential election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
This is coming four weeks after the Tribunal reserved judgement.
According to an unconfirmed report reaching RPTVBLOG early Monday morning, the five-member tribunal which sat at the Court of Appeal complex in Abuja from May 8 to August 1, has set September 16 as the judgment date.
The Tribunal is expected to deliver judgement on the three petitions lodged by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Labour Party (LP) and the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) together with their presidential candidates, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Mr. Peter Obi and the Delta-born Princess Chichi Ojei respectively.
TInubu of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) are the defendants in the cases.
Atiku of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP), Peter Obi of the Labour party (LP) and Ojei of the APM are the Plantiffs.
It will be recalled that the Tribunal is yet to make an official statement after it reserved judgement.
But this announcement is bound to ratchet up the tension in the country as all eyes on the judiciary mantra has been trending all over the country amid Tinubu’s govt frantic attempts to burst the bubble by pulling down billboards displaying the mantra.
Meanwhile the Diaspora Action for Democracy in Africa (DADA), cautioned the Justices of the Presidential Election Petition PEPT not to deliver judgement that will set the country ablaze.
According to the group, “The Judiciary is the only institution that has all it takes to save this country from the threat of implosion.
All eyes have been on the judiciary because of Nigeria’s respect for the rule of law. It does not mean that the members of the Presidential Election Tribunal are in a better position in this case to tell Nigerians the person who won the presidential election.
“Nigerians do not wait for any court to tell them the winner of any election. It is the electorate that should tell the court so because they know more than the court whom they voted to be their President. But since it is the prerogative of the court to ensure that truth and justice prevail each time they are disputed, to make room for peace and harmony, the court has been given enough evidence to prove the real winner of the 2023 presidential election.
“Arising from our discussions with a wide array of Nigerians is the fear that the judiciary needs to be cautious because if their verdict fails to satisfy the requirements of justice, it may detonate the youth’s simmering anger and set the country ablaze.”
The tribunal, which is the court of first instance in the high-profile case, has up till September 16, 2023 to deliver the judgment.