The presidential candidates of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, have obtained permission from the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja to inspect sensitive materials used in the February 25 presidential election.
The court also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to give the two dissatisfied presidential candidates access to the materials during the Friday hearing.
According to news reports, Peter Obi and Atiku conducted separate press conferences on Thursday to reject the results of Saturday’s presidential election, which named Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress the winner.
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In accordance with their rejection of the outcome, they petitioned the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja earlier today for permission to access the materials used to conduct the contentious presidential election.
An appellate court bench led by Justice Joseph Ikyegh approved the two disappointed presidential aspirants’ and their respective political parties’ pleas after hearing two separate ex-parte applications.
Respondents in the case include the APC and Tinubu.
Section 146 (1) of the Election Act of 2022, paragraphs 47 (1, 2 & 3 of the First Schedule, and the Court’s inherent authority as outlined in Articles 6 (6) A & B of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, all supported the requests.
Mr. Adedamola Faloku, Atiku’s counsel, requested seven petitions from the tribunal, whereas the legal team for Obi, led by Mr. Alex Ejesieme, SAN, requested six substantial reliefs in their plea.
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The applicants specifically requested that the court order INEC to turn over the records it had gathered and used to conduct the presidential election to them. They insisted that the requested documents would aid them in proving their case against Tinubu and the APC, which the court granted.
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