UPDATE: Tribunal Rejects Atiku/PDP Request To Inspect INEC Server
LIVE from the Court of Appeal Abuja, Venue of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal hearing:
The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal led by Justice Mohammed Garba refused the application of @OfficialPDPNig and Atiku to inspect @inecnigeria server.
The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has rejects the request by the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] and its candidate in the 2019 presidential election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to inspect the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC].
PDP/Atiku had claimed that INEC used the server to electronically transmit results of the last presidential election.
In a unanimous ruling on Monday, the five-man tribunal panel led by Justice Mohammed Garba, said that granting the petitioners’ request to inspect a server, which INEC said does not exist, will amount to the tribunal agreeing that a server actually exists.
The tribunal noted that parties to the petition by Atiku and PDP were disputing the existence or otherwise of an INEC central server.
It said, therefore, that it will be wrong for it to grant the petitioners’ request to inspect a server, whose existence, usage or otherwise is under dispute.
It noted that by averments contained in processes filed by parties, they have joined issues on whether or not there is a central server and whether or not INEC deployed it for the election.
It said the issue about the existence of a server forms a substantial part of the petition filed by Atiku and the PDP and should, hence, be determined at the hearing of the main petition.
The tribunal dismissed the application filed by Atiku and the PDP on May 8. 2019 to that effect.
Atiku/PDP, in their petition, had claimed that they won the election based on results obtained from the said INEC central server.
INEC, however, has consistently denied existence of any server for the transmission of the election results or that it deployed such.
The electoral body also stated that the extant Electoral Act and Electoral Guidelines do not allow electronic transmission of election results.
ElombahNews is following the developments at the Tribunal and will provide more details.