Imo state has the highest number of petitions filed against the 2019 elections.
President of the Court of Appeal, Zainab Bulkachuwa, disclosed this during the inaugural sitting of the presidential election tribunal today.
She said while Imo has the highest number of petitions with seventy-six, there was no petition filed to the tribunal from Jigawa state. According to her, there are presently 786 petitions from across the country.
Bulkachuwa assured all stakeholders that litigants will be given equal opportunity to present their cases in accordance to the constitution and in an orderly manner, requesting cooperation.
Meanwhile, the tribunal has warned against public analysis of its proceedings, warning that actions will be taken against offenders.
Bulkachuwa lamented the practise of analysing court proceedings on social media and making a verdict while the court has not made a pronouncement. She said litigants in the pending presidential election petitions before the tribunal will have equal chance to argue their case.
Among the petitions is that of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate Atiku Abubakar, who is challenging President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory at the tribunal.