- The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has confirmed that it refused the main opposition PDP access to inspect election materials
- INEC says it did so because it has yet to receive the court compelling it to grant access to the PDP and its candidate Atiku Abubakar
- The electoral body assured that it would allow Atiku and PDP access immediately it receives the court order
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has replied claims by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that it is being prevented by the electoral body from inspecting election materials.
The Cable reports that INEC made its position clear on the matter through Rotimi Oyekanmi, the spokesperson to the Commission's chairman Mahmoud Yakubu.
According to the report, INEC has yet to receive the court order directing it to allow PDP's presidential candidate Abubakar Atiku to inspect election materials used during the Saturday, February 23 elections.
This, INEC says, is responsible for the delay PDP is experiencing in having access to the materials it wished for.
“It is common knowledge that since the declaration of the results of the presidential election, the commission has been busy with the multiple activities associated with the national assembly, governorship, state houses of assembly and federal capital territory elections.
“Only last Thursday, the commission presented certificates of return to senators-elect and house of representatives members-elect, including PDP members.
“Nevertheless, the commission will comply when the due process is followed,” Oyekanmi said.
The online newspaper reports that Atiku had approached the court after losing the election to President Muhammadu Buhari and filed an application praying that INEC should be compelled to grant him access to materials used for the election.
His prayer was granted by the court but PDP claimed INEC had continued to deny Atiku access to the materials.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng also reported that President Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) were equally granted access by the election petition tribunal to inspect the materials used for the February 23 presidential poll.
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President Buhari and the APC had applied in separate motions for ex parte orders to be granted to them to inspect the materials.
The applications were made in preparation of its defence team against expected petitions to be filed by Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), challenging the outcome of the election.
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