Intrigue As INEC & PDP Trade Words, Over The Commission’s Refusal To Grant Atiku Access To Electoral Materials
The Election Tribunal in the Appeal Court few weeks ago, granted the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate Alh. Atiku Abubarkar, leave to inspect the election materials used during the Feb 23rd elections, in order to use them to build up his case.
However, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has disobeyed the March 6, 2019 ruling.
This action has been described by the PDP as a deliberate and wicked ploy to frustrate the plan by the party and Atiku, and by so doing, ambush the case.
According to the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, “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.”
In a swift response, however, the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, said, “The Independent National Electoral Commission has a good record of obeying court orders. If and when the commission receives the orders of the court, it will comply.
“However, it is common knowledge that since the declaration of the results of the presidential election, the commission has been very busy with the multiple activities regarding the National Assembly, Governorship, State Houses of Assembly and Federal Capital Territory elections. The commission recently presented Certificates of Return to senators-elect and House of Representatives members-electors including PDP members.”
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) further clarified its decision not to allow Atiku because they were yet to get the order from the court.
“Nevertheless, the commission will comply when the due process is followed.” the INEC spokesperson promised.
What do you think of this story? Should INEC obey the court orders?