Atiku Abubakar

Nigeria: Court orders INEC to grant PDP access to Election materials

By Teslim Olawore

Atiku Abubakar
Atiku Abubakar

The Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar has secured his first victory in court over President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, APC.

We will recall that Atiku and his party, PDP dragged the APC to court over the just concluded presidential elections over allegations of rigging and other electoral malpractices.

We learned that on Wednesday, the court of appeal gave an order to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to grant the PDP access to all copies of materials and items used to conduct the 2019 presidential elections.

The order was given by A 3 member Tribunal headed by Justice Abdul Aboki. The tribunal made the judgement by following with section 151(1 &2) of the Electoral Act as amended in 2010. The tribunal, however, declined to permit Atiku and his party conduct forensic analysis of the materials citing that the request was not in line with the electoral act.

The Aboki-led panel also declined Atiku’s request to order INEC to allow forensic experts of the applicants to examine form EC48 and other materials used for the election.

Justice Aboki maintained that Atiku’s lawyer, Chris Uche had correctly based his argument  on a previous decision of Election Petition Tribunal, but observed that the decision which permits applicants to inspect, to scan for forensic analysis had been overruled by “this court because it confers an unfair advantage to the applicant.”

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