The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, on Thursday, June 13, prayed the presidential tribunal to order the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to grant them access to inspect the commission’s server.
The PDP also asked the tribunal to give it permission to inspect other electronic gadgets used by INEC in the February 23 presidential election, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
NAN reports that in their petition before the tribunal, the PDP and Atiku are claiming that they won the February 23 presidential election as per the results fed into INEC’s server, a claim the electoral umpire has consistently faulted.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Atiku is weighing his options on how to get the Court of Appeal to proceed with the hearing of his petition, challenging the declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of the February 23 presidential election.
The hearing of the petition suffered a major setback on May 22 when the president of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, stepped aside from the tribunal’s sitting, after the judicial panel had delivered judgment in a petition in which Atiku and the PDP demanded that she should not be part of the panel due to perceived conflict of interest.
The tribunal, on May 22, had dismissed the petition in which Atiku and the PDP alleged that they might suffer a miscarriage of justice given the fact that Justice Bulkachuwa’s husband, Adamu Bulkachuwa, who is a senator-elect, and her son, Aliyu Abubakar, a governorship aspirant, belong to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
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Statutorily, the five-man tribunal is expected to deliver its judgment 180 days from the day the petition is filed. Atiku and the PDP filed their petition against the emergence of President Buhari on March 18.
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