Nigeria: The much anticipated legal battle to prevent Buhari’s inauguration begins as PDP files suit
London, March 6, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The much anticipated battle to prevent the inauguration of Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari for a second time in office after a disputed presidential election has begun.
Atiku Abubakar, Buhari’s main challenger in the presidential election and his party, have refused all appeals by well-meaning Nigerians, including some former Nigerian Heads of state to allow the sleeping dog lie, accept the result and congratulate the winner in the interest of peace.
To give teeth to their threat, the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, began the process on Tuesday by filling a motion to compel Nigeria’s electoral body, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to surrender all the materials used for the February 23 presidential election, for inspection.
The motion ex-parte was on Tuesday lodged before the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal which will conduct its proceedings at the Court of Appeal Headquarters in Abuja.
In the motion ex-parte dated March 4, Mr Atiku and the PDP, applied for leave of the tribunal to allow them to inspect the Voters Register, the Smart Card Reader Machines, Ballot Papers and other vital documents that were used in the conduct of the presidential election.
They equally prayed the tribunal to compel the electoral body to allow their agents to scan and make photocopies of vital documents used in the conduct of the election, for the purpose of establishing alleged irregularities.
The Applicants, through their lawyer, Chris Uche, SAN, told the tribunal that the reliefs sought against INEC was for the purpose of filing and maintaining an election petition they intend to lodge against the outcome of the 2019 Presidential Election.
The ex-parte motion was supported by a 12 paragraphed affidavit that was deposed to by one Austin Akobundu, the director of Contact and Mobilisation of the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Council.
Meantime, no date has yet been fixed for hearing of the motion which has INEC, President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, APC, as 1st to 3rd Respondents.