Nigeria Election: Atiku, PDP suffer major setback in bid to proof rigging of presidential election
London, March 7, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Nigerian major opposition party, the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP and its presidential candidate in the February 23rd election have suffered a major setback in their bid to proof that the election was massively rigged in favour of the incumbent president, Mohammadu Buhari who was declared winner of the election
In the unanimous ruling on the ex-parte motion filed by Atiku Abubakar and the party. the tribunal refused the applicants prayers for scanning, forensic analysis of the election materials.
Had it been granted, Forensic analysis of the materials would have made it possible to establish, collect and preserve physical evidences that the ballot papers have been tampered with particularly ballot stuffing, including blood and other fluids, fingerprints, human tissue, fibers of those who took part in the rigging
The tribunal also refused to direct INEC to make available all polling documents for forensic analysis as requested by the applicants.
The tribunal, in addition, refused to order the electoral body to permit forensic experts of Applicants to examine form EC48 and other relevant forms used for the election
The court noted that the applicants’ counsel, Chris Uche (SAN) had rightly based his argument on a previous decision of Election Petition Tribunal, but observed that the decision which permit applicants to inspect, to scan for forensic analysis has been overruled by this court because it confers an unfair advantage to the applicant.
However, the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal granted the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, permission to inspect and obtain Certified True Copy (CTC) of election materials used in the conduct of the February 23 presidential election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Justice Abdul Aboki-led tribunal also ordered INEC to make available all documents and electoral materials used for the election for the purpose of the inspection.