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Judgement Day: Nigerians react to PEPT proceedings, mock process

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By Aishat Salihu

Nigerians have expressed diverging opinions regarding the proceedings at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja in the case instituted by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, challenging the outcome of the February 23 presidential election.

The process which started at about 9 am saw security operatives beef up security in a bid to avert any breach, also had prominent members of the PDP as well as the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and some members of the cabinet ministers with state governors in attendance.

Also, journalists and legal practitioners were at the Appeal Court premises to witness the process.

Some Nigerians have taken to social media to express their diverse views on the potential outcome of the judicial proceedings with some stating that the verdict had already been passed behind closed doors.

Others, however, are hopeful of their preferred candidates as they canvass support for them through many trending hashtags on Twitter.

See some tweets below:

@Tee_Classiquem1 tweeted
“Nigerians are funny tho, so yah all are lowkey expecting Atiku to defeat Buhari at the tribunal today, forget all those plenty judges wearing wig and Lab coat, this Case has already been closed and seal on arrival.
#PEPTSAVENIGERIA https://t.co/fHDpwKs2V6

@Tastygmb25 tweeted
“Forget it, Atiku will win this one just to make it seem like our judicial system is working and the @OfficialAPCNg and Buhari will take it to the Supreme Court where Buhari will be declared winner! Watch out the #NigeriaElectionFilmSeason1 #PEPTSAVENIGERIA”

@Noble_Hassan tweeted
“The PEPT is about to deliver it’s judgment. We have presented a water tight case. Whatever happens dear @atiku just know nothing changes. Same honest conviction that you were the best choice for millions of us in 2019 Polls remains. We’re with you Sir!” https://t.co/tGmtp2aBpr

@OluniyiGates tweeted
“The fact that a lot of Nigerians do not expect a judgement againt Buhari even though the case against him has been proven beyond doubt by Atiku’s lawyers shows they have already lost faith in the judiciary. Can the judiciary restore faith in itself? We’ll find out soon enough.”

@Samskido4Jesus tweeted
“Today judiciary decisions on atiku and buhari, will release the fate of my child if going for law will be the best for him.” https://t.co/4EuDX4XNA9

@Sidac06 tweeted
“I have asked this question before and I want to repeat it again – Do supporters of PDP and political jobbers truly believe Atiku defeated Buhari in the last election or it is politics that is playing out?”

@Dimejimodii tweeted
“A resounding NO! Atiku and his team know so well @MBuhari won Atiku. Reason why they changed their core argument to The People’s General eligibility to stand in for the election and doubting if he actually possesses a WAEC certificate. Laughable and ridiculous. Server Bien Messy!”

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