The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) has granted the request by the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) to inspect materials used for the February 25 presidential election.
A three-member panel of the court, in four rulings on Wednesday granted the reliefs sought by Tinubu and APC in the fourth motions ex-parte, except prayers 5 and 6 in the motion filed by Tinubu.
The President-Elect had on Tuesday sought an order from the Court of Appeal to access sensitive materials used by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the conduct of the presidential election of February 25.
INEC had, on 27 February, declared Tinubu the winner of the presidential poll ahead of 17 other candidates that contested the election.
Tinubu scored a total of 8,794,726 votes to defeat Atiku who polled a total of 6,984,520 votes and Obi who came third with a total of 6,101,533 votes, according to results announced by INEC.
Akintola Makinde, a counsel to Tinubu said he would need to inspect, scan and make photocopies of some of the electoral materials to enable him to prepare his defense against petitions seeking to nullify Tinubu’s election.
Makinde stated this on Tuesday at the day’s sitting in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
INEC had asked the Presidential Election Petition Court to vary the orders which were earlier granted to the candidates of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar and Labour Party (LP)’s Peter Obi to inspect materials used for last presidential election.
Meanwhile, counsel for INEC, Tanimu Inuwa, has asked the Court of Appeal to dismiss the Labour Party’s request to inspect the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS).