Why We’ve Not Granted Atiku Access To Election Materials – INEC

Atiku Abubakar, Former Vice President of Nigeria

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reacted to the claim by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that the commission refused to comply with a court order to grant its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, access to sensitive materials used during the February 23 presidential election.

Atiku, who had lost the presidential election and vowed to challenge the outcome in court, recently secured an order from the Court of Appeal in Abuja asking INEC to allow him to examine the election material.

The defeated PDP presidential candidate had prior to securing the court order inaugurated his legal team to challenge the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the election in a competent court of law.

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But explaining why it is yet to comply with the court order, the spokesman of INEC chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, told reporters: “It is common knowledge that since the declaration of the results of the presidential election, the commission has been busy with the multiple activities associated with the national assembly, governorship, state houses of assembly and federal capital territory elections.

“Only last Thursday, the commission presented certificates of return to senators-elect and house of representatives members-elect, including PDP members.

“Nevertheless, the commission will comply when the due process is followed.”

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