The Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar has secured his first win in court over President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, APC.
It can be recalled that Atiku and his party, PDP dragged the APC to court over the just concluded presidential elections over allegations of rigging and other electoral malpractices.
PoliticsNGR learned that on Wednesday, the court of appeal ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to give the PDP access to all copies of materials and items used to conduct the 2019 presidential elections.
A 3 member Tribunal headed by Justice Abdul Aboki made the judgement in line with section 151(1 &2) of the Electoral Act as amended in 2010. The tribunal, however, declined to permit Alhaji Atiku and his party conduct forensic analysis of the materials citing that the request was not in line with the electoral act.
The Aboki-led panel also declined Atiku’s request to order INEC to allow forensic experts of the applicants to examine form EC48 and other materials used for the election.
Justice Aboki maintained that Atiku’s lawyer, Chris Uche had correctly based his argument on a previous decision of Election Petition Tribunal, but observed that the decision which permits applicants to inspect, to scan for forensic analysis has been overruled by “this court because it confers unfair advantage to the applicant.”