Election petition: INEC asks Tribunal to vary inspection order granted Obi, Atiku

Election petition: INEC asks Tribunal to vary inspection order granted Obi, Atiku

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has sought the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal to vary the orders earlier granted the candidates of Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi Nd People Democratic Party flag bearer, Atiku Abubakar to inspect materials used for last presidential election.

The Commission, in a motion on notice filed on March 4, prayed the court to vary the order which restrained it from tampering with materials used for the election.

INEC argued that it needed to reconfigure the Bimodal Voters Accreditation System (BVAS) for the next round of elections.

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The Court of Appeal Abuja had on February 3 granted the request of Obi and Atiku to have access to all the sensitive materials INEC deployed for the conduct of the presidential election held on February 25.

The applicants urged the court to compel INEC to allow them to obtain documents in its custody that were used for the presidential election.

They maintained that the requested documents would aid their petition against the outcome of the presidential contest that was declared in favour of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu.

Also recall that INEC had declared Tinubu the winner of the presidential poll, ahead of 17 other candidates that contested the election.

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According to INEC, Tinubu scored a total of 8,794,726 votes to defeat Atiku who polled a total of 6,984,520 votes, and Obi, who came third with a total of 6,101,533 votes.

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