Atiku, PDP Seek Tribunal’s Permission To Inspect INEC Server

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) yesterday fixed
tomorrow for hearing of an application by the Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP) and its candidate in the last presidential election, Atiku
Abubakar for permission to inspect the server with which the Independent
National Electoral Commission (INEC) allegedly transmit the election
results electronically.

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.

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Tribunal’s
Chairman, Justice Mohammed Lawal Garba, said the PEPT will also,
tomorrow, hear the petitioners’ other application for extension of time
to regularise one of their processes.

At yesterdays sitting, the
tribunal heard about 11 applications filed by the respondents; four by
the 1st respondent (INEC), three by the second respondent (President
Muhammadu Buhari) and three by the third respondent – the All
Progressives Congress (APC).

The first INEC’s application moved
by its lawyer, Yunus Usman (SAN), was that seeking the dismissal of the
petition for being defective, the petitioners have failed to include the
Vice President, Yemi Osinbjo as a party.

Usman argued that since
the ticket is a joint one, with Osinbajo not immune to whatever the
outcome of the petitions would be, it was wrong for the petitioners not
to have included him as a party.

The second application prayed the court to strike out some portions of the petition for being defective.

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