The legal team of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, have requested the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to immediately comply with the Court order of March 3.
The Court had in that ruling, directed INEC to allow and grant access to the party and its Presidential candidate and their representatives to inspect, scan, make copies, forensically audit and obtain Certified True Copies of all electoral materials which were used in the conduct of the February 25 Presidential Election.
In a statement, the lead counsel Chief Joe Gadzama says that the enrolled court order was duly and promptly served on the Commission on the same 3rd March by the court bailiff accompanied by his clients’ representatives.
Chief Gadzama further stated that on the 6th of March, his clients’ representatives led by the PDP National Legal Adviser, Mr. Adedamola Fanokun, returned to the Commission to commence inspection, examination and obtaining of the electoral materials as ordered by the court but they were informed at the Commission’s legal registry that there was no instruction yet from the Commission on the court order.
Chief Gadzama described as disturbing, the attitude of INEC adding that it was bound by the orders of the court and cannot choose if, when and/or how to comply with same.
While demanding that the Commission immediately comply with the subsisting orders of the court, the counsel also demand daily access to all polling documents, voters register, ballot papers and electoral forms/materials for purposes of scanning, forensic audit, expert examination and inspection; daily access to the BVAS machines/devices and server/IREV/backend/clouds for purposes of forensic examination and analysis as well as CTCs of all BVAS accreditation reports, forms EC40A, EC8A, EC8AVP, EC8C, EC8D, EC8E and all other electoral forms/materials on a state by state basis.