The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has overruled the objection by the All Progressives Congress, President Muhammadu Buhari and the Independent National Electoral Commission to the request of the Peoples Democratic Party and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to play some video clips at the hearing which continued on Monday at the Presidential Election Tribunal where they are challenging the outcome of the February 23, 2019 poll.
Justice Mohammed Garba and his five -man tribunal had over ruled that the objection by the respondents was baseless as the 48 video compact discs sought to be tendered by the petitioners were covered by the agreement reached at the pre-hearing session in respect of the case.
The tribunal had come to an unanimous conclusion that as it had been done in respect of other exhibits tendered by the petitioners in line with the pre-hearing agreement, the respondents could only raise their objection to the admissibility of video exhibits and give reasons for it at the final address stage.
The tribunal consequently admitted the VCDs as Exhibits P36 to P83.
The certificate of compliance with the provision of the Evidence Act accompanying the exhibits was admitted as Exhibit 84.
Chris Uche SAN, the petitioners’ lawyer, had earlier on presented three witnesses, and he introduced the media adviser and spokesperson for Atiku, Mr. Segun Showunmi, as the petitioners’ next witness to be presented.
He thereafter said that there would be the need to play a video clip to the tribunal in the course of Showunmi’s testimony.
With the admission of the VCDs as exhibits, Showunmi had been reminded of his earlier oath and an arrangement was being made for the videos to be played as of the time of filing this report.
The PDP and its presidential candidate, Atiku, are by their petition, challenging the victory of Buhari and the APC at the poll.