Labor Party candidate Peter Obi on Friday was granted access to all sensitive documents by the Court of Appeal in Abuja that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has developed to proceed with Presidential elections held on February 25.
The Court of Appeal, which will act as the Court of Appeals for the presidential election, also ordered the election authority to also grant the People’s Democratic Party presidential candidate, the PDP, access to election documents.
An appeals court paneled by Judge Joseph Ikyegh issued the order after hearing two separate petitions by former party members that the two disgruntled presidential candidates had filed alongside political parties. their.
INEC, acclaimed president-elect Bola Tinubu, and his party, All Progressive Congress, APC, are named as defendants in the lawsuit.
Both claims are based on section 146(1) of the Elections Act 2022, subsections 47(1,2 and 3) of the First Schedule of the Elections Act 2022, as well as the inherent jurisdiction of the Court. , as mentioned in Section 6 (6) A & B of the 1999 Constitution, as amended. While Obi, in a petition presented by a group of attorneys led by Mr. Alex Ejesieme, SAN, requested six major remedies, Atiku’s attorney, Adedamola Faloku, meanwhile requested seven prayers from the court.
Specifically, the petitioners asked the court to force INEC to allow them to obtain documents owned by INEC to be used for the presidential election.
They argued that the documents requested would help with their lawsuit against the outcome of the declared presidential run in favor of the APC candidate, Tinubu.
INEC declared APC’s Tinubu the winner of the presidential election, ahead of 17 other candidates running for office.
According to INEC, Tinubu received a total of 8,794,726 votes to beat Atiku, who collected a total of 6,984,520 votes, and Obi from LP, who came in third with a total of 6,101,533 votes. Since then, the PDP and LP have rejected the election result and promised to challenge it in court.
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