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Election Tribunal Trashes Atiku’s Request To Inspect INEC Server

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Election Tribunal Trashes Atiku’s Request To Inspect INEC Server

Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Atiku Abubakar has lost another bid to dethrone his opponent, Mohammadu Buhari.

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) has rejected the request by Atiku Abubakar and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for permission to inspect a supposed central server, which they claimed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) used to transmit electronically, results of the last presidential election.

In a unanimous ruling on Monday, a five-man panel of the tribunal, led by Justice Mohammed Garba, dismissed the application filed by Atiku and the PDP, to that effect.

The tribunal said, since parties to the petition by Atiku and PDP were disputing the existence or otherwise of an INEC central server, it was wrong for it to grant the petitioners’ request to inspect a server, whose existence, usage or otherwise was being disputed by parties.

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.

The tribunal said granting the petitioners’ request to inspect a server, which the supposed owner said did not exist, will amount to the tribunal agreeing that a server actually exists.

It said the issue about the existence of a server, which forms a substantial part of the petition filed by Atiku and the PDP, should be determined at the hearing of the main petition.

The tribunal dismissed the application filed by Atiku and the PDP on May 8. 2019.

Atiku and the PDP, in their petition before the tribunal, claimed that they won the election based on results they downloaded from the said INEC central server, which INEC has consistently denied its existence.

INEC has consistently denied that it deployed any server for the transmission of the election results and that the extant Electoral Act and Electoral Guidelines do not allow electronic transmission of election results.



  1. Layeta Georgewill

    June 24, 2019 at 1:58 PM

    You are lucky we are not in Abacha regime, your case would have been similar to that of Abiola.
    Just thank your star

  2. Fifelomo

    June 25, 2019 at 5:39 AM

    Hmmm a desperate man is all I see.

  3. Jilo

    June 25, 2019 at 4:19 PM

    Atiku, go and sit down and forget about lost election. You cannot get anything out of it. If you are a good citizen, you should be more focusing on how to help Nigerians by suggesting or giving your best advise on how to solve Nigeria problem. You don’t have to become a president before you can help your people.

    You are focusing too much on tribunal outcome because you want to enrich yourself not because you want to proffer any solution to people’s problems. Nigerians don’t need people like you anymore. We are tired of producing unresourceful leaders like you.

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