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INEC Boss Tenders Tinubu’s Biodata, BVAS Report, Others

INEC Boss Tenders Tinubu’s Biodata, BVAS Report, Others



INEC Boss Tenders Tinubu's Biodata, BVAS Report, Others

Presidential Tribunal.

By Salihu Ali, Abuja

The Chairman of Nigeria’s Electoral Umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, has tendered four sets of documents before the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) in respect of the petition of the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

Among the documents tendered are the Form EC9 of President Bola Tinubu, the second respondent in the petition.

Recall that the Court, following an application by Atiku, issued a subpoena on Mahmood regarding certain documents relating to the conduct of the February 25 presidential election.

The INEC boss was expected to tender the documents before the Court on Thursday. Still, the documents were tendered on Mahmood’s behalf by a Deputy Director, Certification and Complaints, Legal Drafting and Clearance Department, INEC Headquarters, Abuja, Mrs Moronkeji Tairu.

INEC Boss Tenders Tinubu’s Biodata, BVAS Report, Others

Counsel to Atiku and PDP Chris Uche SAN disclosed that the petitioners in the application of May 26 listed 11 items for the INEC boss to bring before the Court.

However, Mrs Tairu observed that only four items requested by the petitioners were brought on Thursday, adding that the items are Form EC8D series (results from states), EC8DA (final declaration of results), Certified True Copies (CTCs) of Rivers Bi-modal Verification Accreditation System (BVAS) report, BVAS report from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the Form EC9 of Tinubu (personal information supplied by Tinubu to INEC in aid of his qualification for the presidential election).

Although INEC lawyer, Abubakar Mahmoud SAN, joined Tinubu and APC’s lawyer in objecting to the admissibility of the documents, the Court admitted them as exhibits.

While responding to INEC’s position that the certified documents have not been paid for, Uche reiterated that the petitioners had paid N6.7 million to INEC for certification, adding that the documents brought before the Court were Court subpoenaed documents.

The former Vice President Atiku Abubakar had dragged President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to Court, protesting the process and eventual outcome of the presidential election which produced Tinubu as President.

Justice Haruna Tsamani adjourned for further hearing on the petition to June 16.


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