APC, INEC, Block Atiku From Obtaining Electoral Rigging Evidence Against Buhari

By Ikenga Chronicles March 17, 2019

APC, INEC, Block Atiku From Obtaining Electoral Rigging Evidence Against Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) on Saturday accused the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC),Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, of refusing the party’s Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, access to election materials.

The Court of Appeal had ordered INEC to allow Atiku’s lawyers inspect ballot materials used in the February 23 Presidential election, in furtherance of the petition filed by the PDP candidate against President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election.

However, in a statement by its Spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP said Yakubu and the leadership INEC have refused to obey the order of the Appellate Court, given on March 6, 2019.

The PDP described INEC’s actions as a deliberate and wicked ploy, accusing the electoral body of acting in cohorts with the governing All Progressives Congress(APC) to frustrate the case.

The main opposition party further maintained that INEC’s action was meant to ambush the case, adding that it is a deliberate plot to knock Atiku off the timeline prescribed by law for the PDP and its candidate to file the case at the Tribunal.

The statement said: “It is imperative to inform Nigerians that upon obtaining the lawful order of the court, directing INEC to forthwith, avail Atiku Abubakar 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 Abubakar access to the materials and documents, notwithstanding the urgency of the matter.”