BREAKING NEWS: Abuja Appeal Court grants Obi permission to inspect INEC materials

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Reports reaching Naija247News that the court of appeal sitting at Abuja today has granted Peter Obi of the Labour Party LP permission to inspect INEC materials.

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Candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, is at the Court of Appeal, Abuja where ruling is to be delivered in a suit seeking to vary the order of the court permitting him and his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), counterpart, Atiku Abubakar to inspect election materials used for the conduct of the February 25 presidential election.

Obi came in company of the party’s Chairman Julius Abure and a former Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Umeh, now a Senator-elect under the platform of the Labour Party.

Obi who came third in the presidential election had earlier tweeted that he would personally be in court to witness Wednesday’s proceedings which borders on a motion seeking to vary an earlier order which permitted him to inspect election materials, adding that the Independent National Electoral Commission had refused to comply with the court order as he and his lawyers have been unable to have access to the said electoral materials.

Obi who was also accompanied by teeming supporters of the Obi-Datti entered the court room around 1.45pm.

The Court of Appeal, Abuja on Tuesday adjourned till Wednesday for ruling in an application by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) seeking to vary the court’s for inspection of materials used for the conduct of the February 25 presidential election.

Justice Joseph Ikyegh, who led a three member panel of the Court of Appeal, announced date for ruling shortly after lawyers representing parties in the suit adopted and argued their briefs of argument for and against the motion.

INEC had on March 4 approached the appellate court for an order giving it leave to reconfigure the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) used for the presidential and parliamentary elections.

The electoral umpire explained that the reconfiguration is to enable it deployed the BVAS for the forthcoming governorship and state houses of assembly polls.

INEC, through its lawyer, Mr Inuwa Tanimu, SAN, in urging the court to grant it’s request told the court that the defendants have nothing to fear, since the information that would be wiped out during reconfiguration would be stored and kept save in its server in the cloud.

Tanimu, who noted that time is not on the electoral umpire’s side pointed out that if the earlier order is not varied, it may affect the conduct of the March 11 governorship election.

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