The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) has warned lawyers not to make comments on the proceedings.
Concise News reports that the petitioners are seeking a void of President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in the 2019 elections.
Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, who is heading the tribunal’s five-man panel, gave the assurance on Wednesday.
Justice Bulkachuwa said: “We assure all stakeholders that each litigant will be given equal opportunity to present his case in a mature manner before us.
“As we gather in this honourable courtroom today, I wish to use this opportunity to reassure Nigerians and friends of Nigeria, that the Court of Appeal will work in accordance and within the dictates of the Constitution, the law and international best practices,to dispense justice to all, without fear or favour, affection or ill will.”
She pleaded for cooperation of all, particularly the senior lawyers in the cases, and warned that the court will penalise infractions.
She said: “This is not the first time this court has been empowered to hear and determine the outcome of a presidential election result since the return to democracy in Nigeria and the coming into effect of the 1999 Constitution. We did the same in 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011.
“Whenever petitions are filed against a person returned by the Independent National Electoral Commission as President, such a court is set up and it becomes a matter of public interest to the nation.
“The judiciary, being the arbiter, there are litigants, counsel, members of the press, and the public who are all stakeholders as the major participants.
“We, therefore, require the maximum cooperation of all the stakeholders, especially from the leaders of the Bar.”