The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has withdrawn the fresh application they filed to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to allow their agents to participate in the process of sorting out ballot papers that were used for the presidential election that held on the 25th February, this year.

Both the PDP and Atiku, who are separately challenging the outcome of the election that was declared in favour of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, told the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal sitting at the Court of Appeal in Abuja, that they were no longer interested in the application.

When the motion ex-parte was called up for hearing, Atiku, through his team of lawyers led by Chief Joe Gadzama, told the court that he filed a notice of discontinuance.

It was learnt that the decision of Atiku who came second at the presidential election, to withdraw the application, was a fallout of a meeting his legal team held with the leadership of the electoral body, yesterday.

He said there was the need for his agents to observe and participate in the sorting of materials he requested in all the offices of INEC nationwide, in line with the ex-parte order the court made on the 3rd of this month.

The tribunal had in the said order, directed INEC to allow the Applicants to inspect, scan, and carry out forensic examination and analysis of the ballot papers, data form, BVAS, including photocopying of the ballot papers and information stored in the computer server/IREV.

Atiku argued that allowing the agents of his party to be on the ground while the materials are sorted out, would ensure transparency in the process and guarantee that the ballot papers would not be tampered with.


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