Bola Tinubu, the President-Elect, has asked the Court of Appeal for permission to view confidential materials used by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the conduct of the February 25 presidential election.
Tinubu, through his lawyer, Mr Akintola Makinde, stated that he would need to review, scan, and photocopy some of the electoral materials in order to prepare his defense against petitions seeking to overturn Tinubu’s election.
INEC had petitioned the Presidential Election Petition Court to change the orders that had previously been issued to the PDP’s Atiku Abubakar and the Labour Party’s Peter Obi to check materials used in the previous presidential election.
Onyechi Ikpeazu, counsel for the LP, stated his case during the day’s proceedings.
Counsel for INEC, Tanimu Inuwa, however, asked the court to dismiss the application, on the ground that it will cause serious delay in the governorship election for March 11.
He added that there are 176,000 polling units across the country and each have its own unique BVAS machine which needs to be configured and it will be very difficult for them to configure such within a short period.
He assured that no data will be lost as they have transferred the data to their backend server.
The appellate court sitting as the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal will on Wednesday rule on Tinubu’s application