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Atiku, PDP Asking Us For Server That We Don’t Have – INEC

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9618608_prof_mahmoodyakubu_jpeg33bf1ce0a4107360a67c9761b4d0febc Atiku, PDP Asking Us For Server That We Don’t Have - INECThe Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee on Thursday insisted that it had no digital server being sought to be accessed and inspected by the Peoples Democratic Social gathering and its presidential candidate within the February 23, 2019 presidential election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.The fee had earlier denied the existence of such server in its reply filed on April 10, 2019 to oppose Atiku and PDP’s petition pending earlier than the five-man tribunal.The petitioners are by their petition difficult the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressives Congress on the final presidential election.INEC, Buhari and the APC who’re the respondents to the petition and to the petitioners’ utility for entry to the server used for the election, on Thursday, requested the Justice Mohammed Garba-led panel to dismiss the petitioners’ request.The three respondents, by way of their respective counsels, reminded the tribunal that the Court docket of Enchantment had, on Might 6, 2019 (earlier than the petition was filed on Might 18), dismissed the same utility filed by the petitioners.Represented on the Thursday’s proceedings by its lead counsel, Mr. Yunus Usman (SAN), INEC stated the appliance by the petitioners amounted to asking the fee to supply what it didn’t have.Urging the tribunal to dismiss the appliance, Usman stated, “We connected as Exhibit 1, the enrolled order of this honourable court docket made on Might 6, 2019 refusing all of the prayers of the petitioners on this utility.“They stated we must always convey what we don’t have.”INEC had declared Buhari and APC the winner of the February 23 election.It stated Buhari polled 15,191,847 votes to defeat his closest rival, Atiku, who polled 11,262,978 votes.However Atiku and the PDP, of their petition filed on March 18 difficult the result of the ballot, contended that “from the information” obtained from INEC’s server, “the true, precise and proper outcomes” confirmed that they polled a complete of 18,356,732 votes to defeat Buhari whom they stated scored 16,741,430 votes.By calculation, Atiku and PDP claimed to have defeated Buhari by 1,615,302 votes.The petitioners, by way of their lead counsel, Dr. Livy Ozoukwu, subsequently filed an utility on Might 8, 2019, in search of an order of the tribunal allowing them to entry and examine the INEC’s server into which ends and different knowledge had been allegedly transmitted through the February 23 ballot.A senior member of the petitioners’ authorized crew, Chief Chris Uche (SAN), moved the appliance on Thursday.Uche urged the tribunal to grant the appliance within the curiosity of justice, transparency and neutrality, saying it was crucial for his crew to have the ability to keep the petition.He stated, “The appliance in abstract asks for entry to and inspection of the server of the INEC and the sensible card readers used within the conduct of the presidential election.“We’ve addressed the problems in our counter-affidavit, written handle and reply on factors of legislation and we urge your lordships that the appliance be granted as prayed within the curiosity of justice, transparency and neutrality.“The appliance is important for the upkeep of this petition.”Reacting first, INEC’s lead counsel, Usman, referred the tribunal to his shopper’s counter-affidavit filed on Might 23 in opposition to the appliance.He added that the Court docket of Enchantment having earlier refused related utility, similar shouldn’t be granted once more.The chief of Buhari’s authorized crew, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), additionally urged the tribunal to dismiss the appliance.

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