The presidential election petitions tribunal on Monday granted the application of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to tender 48 video clips.
Counsel to the petitioners, Chris Uche, made the application to tender the video clips in support of their petition challenging the declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari as winner of February 23 presidential election.
However, counsel to the respondents, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Buhari, and the All Progressives Congress, APC, objected to the application.
Alex Izinyon, Buhari’s lawyer, described the move as an “ambush”.
“Your lordship they are not part of the documents listed,” he said.
INEC’s counsel, Uztaz Usman, on his part argued that the presentation of the witness and evidence was not part of what the lawyers agreed on.
“What the media will be reporting will be another thing. We were taken by surprise. This does not comply with first schedule of evidence act,” Usman had said.
After the arguments, the tribunal stood the matter down for 1 hour 30 minutes.
Upon, resumption, the five-man panel of judges led by Mohammed Garba granted the request of the petitioners ruling that “no specific evidence is excluded from being tendered as an evidence.”