All five (5) Judges have arrived at the Court of Appeal complex as the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal is to commence pre-hearing on petitions filed to challenge the outcome of the 2023 presidential election.
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports lawyers and journalists arrived at the presidential election petition tribunal venue as early as 6 am, but for over 2 hours, the courtroom remained locked.
Meanwhile, security personnel have been stationed outside the Court of Appeal complex, Abuja as the pre-hearing of the petitions challenging the outcome of the February 25 presidential election is set to begin shortly.
The petitions challenging the 2023 presidential election will be determined by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, sitting at the Court of Appeal in Abuja.
The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, which is the court of first instance and has jurisdiction in presidential election-related petitions, will be manned by selected Court of Appeal judges.
Recall that the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Olukayode Ariwoola had late last year inaugurated two hundred and seventy-seven election petitions tribunal judges to preside over matters relating to the 2023 general election.
At the time of filing this report, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the election, Mr Peter Obi had arrived at the venue of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.