The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) has rejected the request by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to access the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Naija Buzz News had weeks ago reported that Atiku and the PDP had asked the PEPT to compel INEC to allow access to the server and card readers used for the February 23 Presidential Poll to enable them prove their case against the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The five-man PEPT panel however in its ruling today unanimously refused Atiku’s request, saying that the tribunal would not delve into the server issue at this interlocutory stage.
INEC had in its response to Atiku’s request said that he (Atiku) and his party, PDP, were asking for a server that does not exist.
“They are asking us to bring something we do not have,” Yunus Usman, the counsel to INEC, told the PEPT as reported by Naija Buzz News.
Atiku had vehemently rejected the declaration of President Buhari as the winner of the presidential poll, saying that he was the true winner based on the details he obtained from the server of INEC.
He provided details of the results and vowed to employ the services of Microsoft, Oracle and IBM experts to prove his case.
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.