Ekiti tribunal refuses PDP’s application on materials’ inspection
The three-man Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, declined yesterday the request of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the presence of security agencies while inspecting voting materials used in the June 21 governorship election.
Justice Mohammad Sirajo granted the party’s relief to conduct the inspection but without security men’s presence.
Justice Sirajo noted that “such order is not within the purview of this tribunal since it is the duty of INEC (Independent National Electoral Commission) to provide same during such exercise. So, no order of tribunal is needed for this”.
PDP’s counsel Kolapo Kolade sought the relief of the tribunal for the inspection of all materials used for the conduct of the election.
According to the counsel, the motion was important “in view of the serious allegation made by the petitioner to the effect that the ballot papers used for the election were programmed in favour of the 1st and 2nd respondents”.
He added: “In order to defend our position , we need to inspect the materials and we need he leave of the court to do so unless the INEC will not allow us.”