On Monday, the Labour Party and Mr. Peter Obi, its presidential candidate, said that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had failed to give them the papers they had requested.
Close observation of happenings in the courts since the inception of these proceedings has shown that INEC is not independent, the legal representatives of INEC have done all they can to stifle and delay the case.
In the petition contesting President Bola Tinubu’s election, marked CA/PEPC/03/2023, Obi and the LP are the petitioners.
Bola Tinubu, Kashim Shettima, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and the All Progressives Congress (APC) are the respondents.
The LP and Obi informed the Presidential Election Petition Court that they were unable to proceed with their petition because INEC refused to give them the documentation they requested.
The LP’s legal representative, Mr. Jubrin Okutepa, informed the court that INEC did not give all of the papers his client requested.
We have done everything humanly possible, but we need your help, so we are bringing this to your attention.
“INEC released a few IreV reports from Lagos and Gombe this afternoon.
Since May 29, these documents have been certified. We’ve written multiple letters outlining the supporting materials we required to prove our petition.
“We have paid for most of these documents,” he declared.
He further told the court that it appeared INEC was purposely dragging out the process.
According to Mr. Abubakar Mahmoud, SAN counsel for INEC, he received a letter from the petitioners on May 15 and has not received another letter since.
“INEC delivered all of the documentation that the summoned witnesses are submitting. We never withheld any documents from the petitioners.
“I am a senior attorney and am aware of the significance of this issue. They ought to cease crying out, he urged.
The attorney for Tinubu and Shettima, Mr. Wole Olanipakun, SAN, pledged to see to it that senior counsel meets to discuss the matters brought up.
The court encouraged them to reach a better understanding so that the proceedings might progress without incident, as they vowed in their cooperative attitude.