The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has finally complied with the directive of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal to furnish the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, with some documents used in the 2019 elections.
The tribunal had issued the directive to INEC Chairman, Mahmud Yakubu, and the Zamfara Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the commission on Wednesday.
The PDP and Atiku had filed complaints against INEC that the commission refused to furnish them with the said documents even after subpoenas were issued by the tribunal requesting Yakubu and the Zamfara REC to do so.
The subpoenas were issued yesterday by a five-man panel led by Justice Mohammed Garba.
But during today’s proceedings for the petitions filed by the Hope Democratic Party and the Peoples Democratic Movement, the petitioners’ counsel Chris Uche (SAN) made an appearance to ensure INEC complied with Wednesday’s order.
Consequently, Justice Garba asked INEC’s counsel, Yunus Usman (SAN), to update the tribunal on PDP and Atiku’s request.
Responding, Usman informed the tribunal that the “documents had been substantially produced”.
“It is a very tedious task, but we have to obey the court’s order,” Usman added.
Atiku is challenging President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in the February 23, 2019, presidential election.
In his petition, Atiku claimed to have scored 1,615,302 votes than President Buhari. Whereas the result declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) show that Buhari won the election with 15,191,847 total votes while Atiku got 11,262,978 votes.