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Published On: Wed, Jun 12th, 2019

Presidential election: Tribunal hears Atiku’s request to access INEC’s server Thursday

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By Vivian Okejeme Abuja

The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal, was yesterday, asked to dismiss the petition filed by the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar and his party challenging February 23 presidential election that produced Buhari.
While adopting their different applications, the three Respondents, INEC, President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressive Congress APC asked the tribunal to dismiss Atiku’s petition.
Also, the tribunal will on Thursday, hear Atiku and his party’s application seeking to access the Independent National Electoral Commission’s electronic server.
However, the INEC through its counsel, Ustaz Yunus Usman withdrew one of its application praying the tribunal to strike out some paragraphs from the petition.
Also, the APC through its counsel, Lateef Fagbemi SAN also withdrew one of its application seeking to strike out some paragraphs from the petition.
APC in the application maintained that the petitioner failed to join Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Further in its argument, it submitted that it collated the results of the election manually and never transmitted them electronically as argued by the petitioners.
It added that it kept no server where results could have been transmitted electronically and stored as alleged by the petitioners.
Buhari in his own application prayed the tribunal to strike out some paragraph of the petition , as that will make the petition unmeritorious.
APC in his own application also prayed the tribunal to dismiss the petition, as it lacked jurisdiction to entertain it because some sections of the Electoral Act was not complied with.
Meanwhile, Atiku and PDP, in their application filed on May 8, maintained that INEC kept “central servers” in which “information was recorded and stored in database packets relating to accreditation of voters and transmission of results from the presidential election”.
They prayed the tribunal for permition to inspect the said servers and the card readers used for the conduct of the poll, examine and analyse the information obtained from them.
They also sought for the tribunal’s permission to be allowed to file a report of their inspection, examination and analysis of the content of the facilities.
In all nine applications was heard yesterday and the tribunal lead by Justice Mohammed Garba reserved its rulings on nine applications.
Justice Garba said the date for the rulings would be communicated to the lawyers representing the parties in the case.

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