Supreme Court strikes out Atiku’s request to access INEC server‎

By Shola Abayomi.

The Supreme Court, has yet again struck out another appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

The PDP and Atiku, in an appeal marked SC/815/2019, had prayed the apex court to reverse the decision of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal which rejected their request to inspect the central server of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which the petitioners claim was allegedly used during the presidential election.

The five-man panel of the Supreme Court, led by Justice Datijo Mohammed, held that the appeal was baseless and a waste of time.

The ruling which was read by Justice Chima Nweze, said: “I see no reason for departing from the reasoning of the lower court. I find that this appeal is without merit, and it is accordingly, dismissed.”

The Supreme Court, had earlier today dismissed an appeal by the PDP and Atiku, against a ruling of the presidential election petition tribunal which held that Atiku and the PDP do not have a reply to an application filed on May 14, 2019 by the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The APC’s application had sought for a dismissal of their (Atiku and the PDP) petitions challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential election.

In the ruling, the five-man panel led by Justice Datijo Mohammed dismisssd the appeal for having become statute-barred.

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