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Atiku, PDP ask court to grant them access to INEC server
ABUBAKAR Atiku and his political party, The People’s Democratic Party have prayed the presidential tribunal on Thursday to order the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to grant them access to inspect the commission’s electronic server.
The PDP also prayed the tribunal to give it permission to inspect other electronic like the smart card readers used by INEC during the February 23 presidential election, NAN reported.
Atiku, the presidential candidate of the PDP for the 2019 election and his party had dragged President Muhammadu Buhari, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and INEC to court after the latter pronounced Buhari the winner of the 2019 presidential election that held on February 23.
Buhari after receiving a Certificate of Return on February 27 was inaugurated for a second term as the president on May 29.
However, the PDP had filed a petition to the presidential election tribunal seeking for Atiku to be declared the winner. It claimed that figures purportedly obtained from the server of INEC showed that Atiku polled the highest number of votes in the election.
Buhari on Tuesday prayed the five-man tribunal to strike out the petition filed by the PDP and Atiku.
But the tribunal rather fixed today, Thursday, for the hearing of the application for access to the electronic server of the electoral umpire filed by the party.
The five-man panel headed by Mohammed Garba, the presiding justice of the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal, kickstarted the pre-hearing proceedings of the tribunal on Monday.