On Wednesday, the Judges presiding over the Kano State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal chose not to appear physically in the courtroom. This decision comes as the tribunal is set to deliver judgment on a petition lodged by the All Progressives Congress (APC), challenging the victory of Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf from the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP).
Access to the courtroom was restricted, with journalists, legal practitioners, party members, and others being denied entry. The proceedings commenced shortly before 10 a.m., with Justice Oluyemi Akintan-Osadebay, the Chairperson of the three-member panel, addressing the proceedings via Zoom.
Tribunal’s Virtual Judgment Delivery
As reported by Daily Trust, the Secretariat announced that there would be no live broadcast of the judgment, and the limited number of journalists allowed inside the courtroom were prohibited from using smartphones or cameras.
Earlier, top security officials had informed the platform that they were unaware of the whereabouts of the judges, raising the possibility that the proceedings would be conducted virtually.
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