[LIVE UPDATES] Buhari vs Atiku: Tribunal ruling on 2019 election

9.53 am: The first application to be ruled upon by tribunal is the one filed by INEC (the 1st respondent) asking the tribunal to strike out the petition on the grounds that the petitioners failed to join the vice-presidential candidate of the APC, Yemi Osinbajo, as a party to the petition.

INEC says in the motion that Osinbajo is an indispensable party to the petition. It says failure to join Osinbajo in the petition has robbed the tribunal of jurisdiction to hear the petitioners’ case.

9.49 am: Justice Mohammed Garba who heads the five-man panel announces that reserved rulings on applications taken during the pre-hearing session will be delivered first before the judgment.

9: 44 am: APC’s lawyer, Fagbemi, tenders Olanipekun’s apology for his absence. He said Olanipekun was in Europe when the hearing notice for the proceedings was served on Tuesday.

9. 43 am: Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) announces appearance for the APC’s legal team

9. 39 am: Prof. Taiwo Osipitan (SAN) announces appearance for Buhari’s legal team. He takes the place of Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), who is absent at the proceedings.

9.36 am: Yunus Ustaz Usman (SAN) leads INEC’s legal team.

9.35 am: Adams Oshiomhole represents APC. Livy Ozoukwu (SAN) leads petitioners’ legal team.

9.33 am: Uche Secondus represents PDP

9.32 am: Yaya Abubakar represented Atiku.

9.31 am: Secondus introducing himself.

9.28 am: “My lords are about to come in. Can we please settle down?” A court registrar announces.

9.26 am: AGF, Abubakar Malami, is here. Minister of State for Niger Delta, Festus Keyamo, SAN, arrives at the venue.

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola is here.

9.22 am: Governor Samuel Lalong of Plateau State entering the courtroom.

9.21 am: Adams Oshiomhole, APC National Chairman arrives.

9.20 am: President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, arrives at the tribunal.

9.19 am: Chief Mike Ozekhome is the first among the Senior Advocates of Nigeria in the petitioners’ team to arrive.

9.10 am: PDP chairman, Secondus, arrives tribunal

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus has arrived the Court of Appeal, venue of the PEPT judgement.

8.57 am: Raymond Dokpesi arrives tribunal

Founder of DAAR Communications, Raymond Dokpesi, has arrived at the Court of Appeal for the PEPT judgment.

8.52 am: Atiku Vs Buhari: Facts and figures (2)

Compiled by Ade Adesomoju

*March 18, 2019: Atiku files petition to challenge Buhari’s victory

*May 8, 2019: Presidential Election Petition Tribunal held inaugural sitting.

8.31 am:  Security presence is heavy at the venue – at least 20 police officers and three DSS officers sighted.

8.18 am:   It was gathered that arrangement has been put in place for a live broadcast of the judgment but the faces of the judges will not be shown – cameras will be focussed on the bar and the gallery.

8.10 am: So far only two Senior Advocates of Nigeria have arrived – Chief Charles Edosomwan of the APC’s legal team and Sam Ologunorisa of the INEC’s legal team.

8.00am:  List of Justices on the five-man panel of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in order of seniority

*Justice Mohammed Garba of the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal. He is the Presiding Justice of the five man panel.

*Justice Abdul Aboki of the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal

*Justice Joseph Ikyegh of the Benin Division of the Court of Appeal

*Justice Samuel Oseji of the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal

*Justice Peter Ige of the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal

7:52 am:  Atiku Vs Buhari: Facts and figures (1)

Compiled by Ade Adesomoju

*February 23, 2019: Presidential election held.

It was essentially a two horse  race between President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party.

*February 27, 2019: The Independent National Electoral Commission declared Buhari of the APC the winner

Buhari: 15,191,847 votes

Atiku: 11,262,978 votes.

7. 45 am: The Director General of Voice of Nigeria, Osita Okechukwu, has arrived at the venue.

7.39 am: The Court of Appeal where the judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal will be delivered later today.

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja will today deliver judgment in the case instituted by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, challenging the outcome of the February 23, 2019 presidential election.