The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja has reserved ruling on the ex-parte motion filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, seeking an order granting them access to inspect the electoral materials used for the February 23 poll.
The three-man panel led by Justice Abdul Aboki, after hearing the applicant’s plea rose and promised to return after one hour to deliver judgment.
The applicants’ legal team led by Mr. Livy Ozoukwu (SAN) in 4 of its 6 prayers, urged the court to grant the applicant permission for inspection of election documents used by the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) for the conduct of the presidential election to enable the applicants to institute and maintain an election petition.
According to him, the motion, if granted, would ”enable the applicants to institute and maintain an election petition.”
While the panel was contemplating on the application, Uche argued that there were authorities of the Court of Appeal which had interpreted section 155 of the Electoral Act to mean that petitioners could be granted all the prayers sought in the ex parte application.
The court afterwards rose while it requested the applicant’s legal team to submit the said authorities before the court resumes to deliver judgment.
Respondents in the matter include President Muhammadu Buhari, the All Progressives Congress and the Independent National Electoral Commission all of whom were absent.
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