The Supreme Court on Tuesday afternoon dismissed an application filed by Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to gain access to the central server of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
According to the Justice Dattijo Muhammad-led five-man panel, there was no weighty reason to interfere with the earlier ruling of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT).
Consequently, in a unanimous judgment read by Justice Centus Nweze, the court dismissed Atiku and PDP’s request to gain access to the server.
The apex court noted that the petitioner failed to establish that the tribunal wrongfully exercised its discretion in dismissing their request, adding that the allegation that the PEPT’s denied them fair hearing was unsubstantiated.
“Litigants should stop relying on the provision of fair hearing alone as it is not available to them just for the asking,” the court ruled.
Naija Buzz News had few months ago reported how the tribunal unanimously rejected the request by Atiku and his party to gain access to the central server of the electoral umpire.
Atiku and PDP had vehemently rejected the outcome of the February 23, 2019, presidential poll. The former VP alleges that he won the election based on results he obtained from INEC central server.
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.