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PDP asks INEC to obey court order

The legal team of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, have requested the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, to immediately comply with the court order of March 3.

The court had directed INEC to allow the Party and its Presidential Candidate and their Representatives inspect, scan, make copies, forensically audit and obtain Certified True Copies of all electoral materials which were used in the conduct of the February 25 Presidential Election.

In a statement by the Party, the lead counsel Joe Gadzama says that the enrolled court order was duly and promptly served to the commission on the same March 3 by the court bailiff accompanied by his clients’ representatives.

Gadzama further stated that on March 6, his clients’ representatives led by the PDP National Legal Adviser, Adedamola Fanokun, returned to the commission to commence inspection, examination and obtaining of the electoral materials as ordered by the court but they were informed at the commission’s legal registry that there was no instruction yet from the commission on the court order.

The lead counsel described it as disturbing, the attitude of INEC on orders of the court and cannot choose if, when and/or how to comply with same.

While demanding that the commission immediately comply with the subsisting orders of the court, the counsel also demand daily access to all polling documents, voters register, ballot papers and electoral forms/materials for purposes of scanning, forensic audit, expert examination and inspection; daily access to the BVAS machines/devices and server/IREV/backend/clouds for purposes of forensic examination and analysis as well as CTCs of all BVAS accreditation reports, forms EC40A, EC8A, EC8AVP, EC8C, EC8D, EC8E and all other electoral forms/materials on a state by state basis.

Reporting by Ifeoma Nwovu; Editing by Muzha Kucha & Adeniyi Bakare