PEPC: INEC, APC oppose LP’s request to quiz IT experts

The Labour Party and its presidential candidate in the February 25 election, Peter Obi, is seeking an order of the Presidential Election Petition Court in Abuja to interrogate the Independent National Electoral Commission.

The LP and Obi, among other things, sought details relating to the information and communication technology experts used by INEC in the conduct of the election.

The party and its flag bearer are challenging the declaration by INEC that Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress won the election.

In two separate motions argued by their lawyer, Patrick Ikweto (SAN), Obi posed 12 questions to be forwarded to INEC as part of efforts to support their petition which questioned the integrity of the election.

The petitioners averred that the interrogatory application if acceded to, would assist them in solidifying their claims that the conduct of the election was flawed.

However, counsel for INEC, Kemi Pinhero (SAN), objected to the move, because the application was brought outside the time specified and allowed by law.

He contended that moving the application outside the pre-hearing session had robbed the court of jurisdiction to hear it.

Also, both the counsel for Tinubu, Akin Olujimi (SAN), and counsel for the APC, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), opposed the request.

The presiding Justice, Haruna Tsammani, reserved the ruling on the interrogatory applications by Obi and his party. He also adjourned further hearing in the petition till Friday (today).

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