The Peoples Democratic Party has raised alarm over the alleged refusal of the Independent National Electoral Commission to obey a court order granting Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s request to review all election materials used for the February 23 presidential election.
PDP revealed this through the national spokesperson of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan.
The PDP described the alleged refusal by INEC as “deliberate and wicked ploy” to derail the progress of its case at the Presidential Election Tribunal. The statement read as follows;
It is imperative to inform Nigerians that upon obtaining the lawful order of the court, directing INEC to forthwith, avail Atiku Abubakar and the PDP copies of all the documents and other materials used for the presidential election, our legal team wrote to the INEC Chairman on the 11th and 12th of March 2019 respectively, causing the order to be served on INEC and requesting access to the said documents and materials.
Despite being served with the order and several follow-ups, the leadership of INEC has refused to grant the PDP and Atiku Abubakar access to the materials and documents, notwithstanding the urgency of the matter.
PDP claimed that the refusal of INEC to grant access to election materials vindicate its claims that the election outcome was manipulated.
The PDP was confident that the documents and materials would show that Atiku won the election by the votes directly delivered at the polling units across the country.