Atiku secures first victory at Court as court of Appeal ordered INEC to permit Atiku Abubakar and his party, PDP, have access to all certified copies of the materials utilized in conducting the 2019 presidential election.
The three-member panel led by Abdul Aboki additionally ordered INEC to make accessible to Mr Abubakar and the PDP all documents and electoral materials utilized for the purpose of the inspection
Delivering a unanimous ruling on the exparte motion filed by Mr Abubakar and the PDP, Mr Aboki, be that as it may, rejected the candidates’ prayers for scanning and forensic analysis of the election materials.
The court likewise refused to direct INEC to make available all polling documents for forensic analysis as requested by the candidates.
The court, moreover, refused to order the electoral body to permit forensic experts of the applicants to examine form EC48 and other relevant forms used for the election.
Mr Aboki noted that the candidate’s legal counselor, Chris Uche, had appropriately put together his contention with respect to a past decision of Election Petition Tribunal, but observed that the decision which permits applicants to inspect, to scan for forensic analysis has been overruled by “this court because it confers unfair advantage to the applicant.
The intrigue court serves as the election petition tribunal for the presidential election. Mr Abubakar and the PDP are challenging President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in the February 23 presidential election.
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