In a move towards transparency and openness in Nigeria’s political landscape, the Court of Appeal Headquarters has announced that the upcoming presidential tribunal judgment will be broadcast live for all Nigerians to witness.
Umar Bangari, the Chief Registrar of the Court of Appeal HQ, made this announcement in an official statement while revealing that the judgment is scheduled for September 6, 2023. The decision to televise the proceedings aims to foster greater transparency in the judicial process and allow citizens to closely follow the proceedings.
According to the statement, the judgments will involve several petitions, including CA/PEPC/03/2023 featuring Mr. Peter Gregory Obi & Anor VS. Independent National Electoral Commission & 3 Ors, CA/PEPC/04/2023 with Allied Peoples Movement VS. Independent National Electoral Commission & 4 Ors, and CA/PEPC/05/2023 involving Abubakar Atiku & Anor VS. Independent National Electoral Commission & 2 Ors.
The statement emphasized, “In a bid to promote transparency and openness, these judgments will be televised live by interested Television Stations for the public to follow.”
However, access to the courtroom on judgment day will be strictly regulated, with only accredited individuals such as counsel and representatives of political parties granted entry. The statement urged members of the public to watch the proceedings from the comfort of their television sets and called for the general public’s cooperation to ensure a smooth and trouble-free exercise.
This initiative by the Court of Appeal reflects a commitment to transparency and the public’s right to access information regarding crucial judgments in the nation’s political sphere. It marks a significant step towards enhancing trust and accountability within Nigeria’s democratic processes.