Tribunal grants PDP candidate’s request to access INEC documents
THE election petition tribunal sitting on the petition filed against the All Progressive Congress (APC) member representing Surulere Federal Constituency 1, Hon. Olufemi Gbajabiamila by a People Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Mr. Tony Ashikodi has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to allow the petitioner have access to all the electoral documents used during the conduct of the House of Representative election of March 28.
The tribunal chairman ordered that the electoral body should provide the petitioner or his counsel with a certified copy of the voters registers, recordings of the electoral card readers used for voters accreditation, the incidents forms used where the electronic readers malfunctioned and form EC 8A(ii), EC8B (ii), EC8C (i) and EC8C (ii) used by INEC for the six wards constituting Surulere Federal Constituency 1.
Other documents that INEC is mandated to provide to the petitioner include the list of APC polling agents and collation officers accredited by INEC for the election and the list of INEC staff that conducted the exercise. The tribunal also ordered the petitioner to serve the petition and other court processes on the respondent.
Ashikodi had alleged that the election that returned Gbajabiamila was massively rigged by APC. According to him, the actual vote count from the six wards shows that his party, PDP recorded 20, 750 votes which is the highest, while PC polled 14 550 but the figures were later altered to give victory to APC.
Gbajabiamila’s Research and Media Assistant, Wasiu Olanrewaju has however noted that the results collated announced by INEC clearly shows that APC won the election.