INEC yet to provide vital documents after collecting N6.69m



The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), of clogging the wheel of progress in the prosecution of his petition.

Atiku told the Presidential Election Petition Court, (PEPC) on Wednesday in Abuja that despite paying N6.69 million to the commission for certified true copies of documents he intends to tender in evidence, the commission failed to make the documents available.

Speaking through his lawyer, Chief Chris Uche, SAN, the petitioner said that it was discouraging for the commission to say that some of document they paid for were outside Abuja.

“We thought all these documents will be made available to us and we won’t have to go to the states to collect.”

Uche then proceeded to tender certified true copies of documents for 10 out of 21 local government areas of Kogi which were the only documents the commission had made available for the day.

The petitioners also tendered form EC8D for Anambra state which is the election result from the state.

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Alternatively, Atiku urged the court to cancel the election and order a fresh election due to alleged irregularities that marred the Feb. 25 poll in thousands of polling units.

These are part of the seven prayers anchored on five grounds in the petition he filed against the victory of the president-elect, Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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