By Alabi Omotosho
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has opted for the supreme court to challenge the dismissal of their application for access to inspect the central server allegedly used to transmit the results of the last general election by the national electoral umpire, INEC.
Before this time, the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal had ruled in a unanimous decision that the request could not be granted since the issue of whether such central server existed or not is already a subject of litigation occasioned by the petition challenging President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election.
Chief Chris Uche, SAN, a senior member of the Atiku’s legal team, told Journalists: “The nation was looking forward to this ruling and it is one that is very pivotal to this matter.
According to him; “The Electoral Act itself empowers the tribunal to grant access such as this to the petitioners in order to institute and maintain a petition, and that is what we are asking for.
“Somehow, at this stage, the court has ruled. But definitely this is a matter we want to take higher to the Supreme Court to challenge this ruling because we strongly feel that section 151 of the Electoral Act entitles us to have access to these materials.”
On the other hand, the independent National Electoral Commission has expressed satisfaction with the ruling as expressed by its legal counsel, Mr. Usman Uztaz, according to him, while addressing journalist, issues to be tried during the hearing cant be done during the piecemeal.