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Election Petitions Court Releases Judgement Copies After Atiku’s Protests

The President Election Petitions Court (PEPC) has released a copy of its judgement in which it affirmed the election of President Bola Tinubu on Wednesday.

The Court of Appeal hosting the election court released the 798-page document yesterday a few hours after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate and former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, had raised the alarm that the court was yet to provide his lawyers and those of PDP certified true copies of the judgment.

LEADERSHIP Weekend checks revealed that soon after it was released, copy of the judgement went viral on social media, with members of Whatsapp groups posting it on their various platforms.

Earlier yesterday, Atiku had said it was anti-democratic that three days since the PEPC delivered its judgment on his petition challenging the outcome of the February 25 presidential election his lawyers cannot access the copies.

He added that the situation is concerning in light of the fact that he and his lawyers have just 14 days to file their appeal to the Supreme Court on the judgment.

A statement issued by his special assistant on Public Communications, Phrank Shaibu, to this effect noted: “By not making available to Atiku Abubakar, Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, the certified true copies of the judgment of Wednesday for its filings at the Supreme Court, the Presidential Election Petition Court, is undermining Atiku’s and Nigerians quest for justice.”

Expressing Atiku and PDP’s frustration in progressing with the filing of their appeal at the Supreme Court, Shaibu reminded the PEPC that “it had made heavy weather at the delivery of its judgment on Wednesday that parties need to adhere strictly to the time schedule set by the court.”

He said, “The PEPC is not oblivious that three precious days of the 14-day limit for parties to file their processes at the highest court have been wasted by the Appeal Court.

“We wish to remind the PEPC that it struck out the testimonies of some of the witnesses of Atiku during the litigation at the court of first instance because their statements on oath were filed out of time.

“And now, from all intents and purposes, the same court wants to have Atiku and PDP’s appeal to the Supreme Court disqualified by the reason of time deadline.

“Does the PEPC not understand that the lawyers representing Atiku/PDP need to digest the judgment as contained in the CTC which represents the authentic pronouncements made in court on Wednesday in order to formulate its case for filing?” Shaibu queried.

He said further that there can be no justification for refusal of the court to make available the CTC of its judgement  for Atiku to continue with his quest on behalf of over 200 million Nigerians for substantial justice as opposed to the judgement rendered by the PEPC.

“It is curious that the same PEPC that claimed that the judgement was ready as at the time it was delivered on Wednesday is still grappling with typos and errors, according to available information. Why did the PEPC not wait till next week to deliver the judgment as it would still have met the legal deadline instead of rushing to render a judgement which text is still undergoing panel beating?

“It is anti-democratic of the court to steal, already at the last count, 3 precious days out of the 14-day time limit for Atiku to file his processes at the Supreme Court. The lost time would never be recovered,” he added.

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