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Court of Appeal grants Peter Obi and Bola Tinubu to inspect INEC’s BVAS machines

Court of Appeal grants Peter Obi and Bola Tinubu to inspect INEC’s BVAS machines



Court of Appeal grants Peter Obi and Bola Tinubu to inspect INEC's BVAS machines

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The Court of Appeal in Abuja has granted permission to former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, and the Labour Party to inspect the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) machines and other election materials that were used in the conduct of the 25 February poll.

This ruling came after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) sought to vary the order of the court that granted Obi and his party access to the materials, however, the court dismissed the suit.

The BVAS machines were used by INEC for the 2023 elections in Nigeria. The machines were used to authenticate voters’ identities and reduce the incidence of electoral fraud.

Obi had sought access to the machines and other sensitive materials to enable his party to investigate and gather evidence of alleged electoral malpractice during the elections.

Following the court’s ruling, INEC was ordered to make the materials available for inspection, but was also restrained from tampering with the BVAS machines.

The decision by the Court of Appeal has been welcomed by many Nigerians, especially supporters of the Labour Party and other political parties who have alleged irregularities in the conduct of the 2023 elections.

However, the President-Elect, Bola Tinubu, has also requested to inspect the election materials, and his request was granted by the three-man panel of the court.

It is not clear what Tinubu and his party, the All Progressives Congress, hope to gain from the inspection, as they were declared the winners of the presidential election by INEC.

Nevertheless, the decision by the court to grant access to the election materials is a positive step towards transparency and accountability in Nigeria’s electoral process.

It is hoped that this ruling will encourage more political parties and candidates to demand accountability and transparency from INEC and other government agencies responsible for organizing and conducting elections in Nigeria.

Nigeria has a history of electoral fraud and irregularities, and many Nigerians believe that the only way to ensure free and fair elections is to hold those responsible for misconduct accountable.

The decision by the Court of Appeal is a step in the right direction and sets a positive precedent for future elections in Nigeria.

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