- Atiku Abubakar has been accused of showing disrespect to the judiciary by prosecuting his election petition in the media
- According to the Buhari Media Organisation, this is targeted at whipping up unnecessary sentiment against the courts
- The group said Atiku is more interested in whipping up public sentiments through the media than prosecuting the case
The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has accused the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar of showing disrespect to the judiciary by prosecuting his election petition in the media, rather than at the presidential election petitions tribunal.
According to the group, this is targeted at whipping up unnecessary sentiment against the courts.
BMO made this known in a statement signed by its chairman Niyi Akinsiju and secretary Cassidy Madueke on Tuesday, April 23, in Abuja.
It described what the former vice president has been doing as prejudicial.
“We have observed this pattern of disrespect for the judiciary by one of the losers of the 2019 Presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, who has embarked on a media hearing of his petition even after his lawyers, went to court.
“Nigerians have regularly been fed with snippets from the 139-page document on the pages of traditional media and their online counterparts, to the extent that it seems like the tribunal is about to take a decision.
“We consider it as a deliberate act of contempt for the panel and a disregard for the judiciary that should not be encouraged or tolerated. It shows that he is more interested in whipping up public sentiments through the media than prosecuting the case,’’ the group said.
It urged him to act in a statesmanly manner and allow the election petitions tribunal do its job rather than resort to self-help.
“If Atiku believes that his claims will be better served in the media we call on him to withdraw the petition and focus on prosecuting it in the media as he is already doing prejudicially. The alternative is for him to face his case squarely in court, except he does not trust the members of the panel,” it said.
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BMO noted that this is however not the first time that Atiku would be taking steps that are not in line with the nation’s law.
Meanwhile, recall that Legit.ng reported that some presiding officers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have admitted to transmitting the result of the February 23 presidential election to the commission's server.
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