Buhari, APC Get Court's Approval To Examine Election Materials
President Muhammadu Buhari and his political party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) are not giving the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, any breathing space.
Both parties have secured a the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal's approval to also inspect materials used in the general elections.
They got the approval from the tribunal, led by Justice Abdu Aboki, gave the go-ahead on Thursday.
The President and his party had filed an application for the approval to inspect the materials.
It was filed on their behalf by Wole Olanipekun, and some other lawyers.
President Buhari and the party had filed their applications separately, even as Atiku had also received the Tribunal's nod on a request to also inspect election materials used in the election that was held on February 23.
In their application, the President and the APC asked the Tribunal to grant them access to the materials used by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in conducting the February 23 presidential poll.
President Buhari won the election and many Nigerians would expect that he would not go to the Tribunal to request access to the materials, but he said the decision was to ensure that his political party and himself would be able to defend themselves should Atiku and the PDP file any petition with regards to the election.
After the Tribunal said it found merit in the appeal, it ordered the INEC to give President Buhari and the APC access to the materials.
It also granted that the plaintiff could inspect and photocopy the materials in question.
It is a development that is making the post-election period interesting for Nigerians, as the Tribunal had earlier granted Mr Abubakar and the PDP the right to get the certified copies of the documents from INEC.
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