Following through on its statement yesterday to fully contest the results of the February 23 presidential elections in court, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate Atiku Abubakar, have filed a motion asking for election umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to surrender all materials used during the polls for inspection.
Backstory: The motion ex-parte dated March 4, was presented on Tuesday by Chris Uche (SAN) before the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal at the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal, and stated that the applicants, Atiku and the PDP, sought for leave of the tribunal to enable them fully inspect INEC materials such as the Smart Card Reader Machines, Ballot Papers, Voters Register among other materials used for the elections.
The applicants also requested that the tribunal ask the electoral body and its agents to scan and make copies of various vital documents which played a major role in the elections, in order to help prove their case of election malpractice.
According to Uche, the motion brought before the tribunal, hopes to help the applicants in filling and maintaining an intended election petition against the results of the election.
Supported by a 12 paragraphed affidavit, the motion ex-parte, has INEC, President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as its respondents.
However, no date has been set to fully address the motion.