The Appeal Court will today rule on the application filed by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, seeking it to vary its order granted to Labour Party and People’s Democratic Party to access materials used for the 2023 presidential poll.
After listening to the parties’ arguments, a three-man panel of appellate court justices fixed a date to rule.
INEC had, through its counsel and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Tanimu Enuwa, informed the court of its motion on notice, written addresses, affidavit and exhibits attached to substantiate their application.
Adopting their written addresses and other documents as brief arguments, the electoral body asked the court to grant the application.
They also want the order to inspect election-sensitive materials varied by Section 122 of the Electoral Act, 2022.
In his argument, the Senior Advocate of Nigeria representing the Labour Party and its presidential candidate, Mr Onyechi Ikpeazu, adopted all the written addresses and counter affidavit and asked the court to dismiss the application.
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On the application to inspect the BVAS, Mr Peter Obi is seeking an order for a physical inspection of the machine to enable him to conduct a forensic investigation.
Ikpeazu also submitted that LP seeks to obtain certified true copies of the material and ensure the evidence is present before configuring.
On the 3rd of this month, the appellate court granted leave to Atiku Abubakar of the PDP and Mr. Peter Obi of the Labour Party to inspect the election materials used by INEC to conduct the February 25 presidential election.
However, INEC approached the court, asking it to vary the order to enable it to reconfigure its Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) for the March 11 governorship and state houses of assembly elections.
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