The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC of disobeying court order to allow its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar inspect election materials.
In a statement on Saturday, the opposition party said that INEC was in the ploy with the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, that won the 2019 presidential election, describing the act as deliberate and wicked.
See full statement below
The Peoples Democratic Party,PDP informs Nigerians that the leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, led by Prof. Yakubu, has refused to obey the March 6, 2019 ruling of the Appeal Court, directing it to allow our party and the people’s candidate, Atiku, access to inspect the documents and materials used in the rigged February 23, 2019 Presidential election.
This is a deliberate and wicked ploy by INEC, acting in cahoots with the APC to frustrate the people-backed resolve by Atiku and the PDP to timeously file and mention our petition at the Presidential election Tribunal, and by so doing, ambush the case.
It is imperative to inform Nigerians that upon obtaining the lawful order of the Court, directing INEC to forthwith, avail Atiku 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 access to the materials and documents, notwithstanding the urgency of the matter.
This action by the leadership of INEC has further exposed that it has been heavily compromised by the Buhari Presidency to rig the February 23, 2019 Presidential election and to frustrate the quest by Nigerians to reclaim the mandate from President Buhari and save the nation from the crisis of an illegitimate government.
The leadership of INEC and the APC are seeking to frustrate our court option, seeing that the documents and materials will expressly show that Atiku clearly won the election by the votes directly delivered at the polling units across the country.
The leadership of INEC and the APC are seeking to frustrate our court option, seeing that the documents and materials will expressly show that Atiku clearly won the election by the votes directly delivered at the polling units across the country As well as expose how the commission and the Buhari Presidency manipulated the results for President Buhari.