President Muhammadu Buhari has filed an application before the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal (PEPT) seeking an order compelling the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to allow him to inspect materials used in conducting the February 23 presidential poll.
Buhari’s request came less than two weeks after his main challenger and the defeated candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, secured an order from the Court of Appeal in Abuja asking INEC to allow him to inspect the registers and other vital materials used during the presidential election.
Recall that following INEC’s declaration of President Buhari as the winner of the presidential election, Atiku had rejected the result citing alleged irregularities on the part of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the electoral body.
The PDP presidential candidate had since constituted his legal team with a view of challenging Buhari’s victory and upturning it.
In an apparent reaction to Atiku’s planned legal challenge of his victory, President Buhari, through his lawyers led by Wole Olanipekun (SAN), filed an ex parte motion before the PEPT sitting at the Abuja Court of Appeal to also allow him to inspect the election materials.
The President cited the provisions of Section 151 (1) and (2) of the Electoral Act in making his request.