Judges of the Kano State governorship election tribunal that are expected to deliver judgment on Wednesday are not physically in court. The petition was filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) challenging the victory of Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP).
WikkiTimes had earlier reported that some police had attacked journalists at the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal to deliver judgment on Wednesday.
Journalists, lawyers, party members and many others were denied access to the court.
However, Daily Trust reported how the Secretariat of the court said there would be no live broadcast of the judgment and that the few journalists admitted into the court would not use smartphones or cameras.
Top security officials had earlier said that they did not know the whereabouts of the judges and that it was possible that the proceeding would be virtual.
When the proceedings commenced before 10, Justice Oluyemi Akintan-Osadebay, Chairman of the three-member panel, spoke via Zoom.
It is unclear why the judges are not in court, but there have been allegations and counter-allegations against the panel.
The absence of the judges from the courtroom on judgement day is coming a few days after threats to their lives by some a member of the ruling NNPP.