The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja has granted the request by the All Progressives Congress and its candidate in the last presidential election, Muhammadu Buhari, to be allowed access to materials used for the election.
The permission is to enable the APC and President Buhari inspect and obtain the certified true copies of the materials to enable them prepare their defence against the petition to be filed by the People’s Democratic Party and its candidate in the election, Atiku Abubakar.
A three-man panel of the tribunal, led by Justice Abdul Aboki, in granting the two ex-parte motions filed by the APC and President Buhari, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to allow the applicants inspect and obtain certified true copies of the materials.
The tribunal, in the two rulings on both motions, granted similar orders.
In the lead rulings delivered by Justice Aboki, the tribunal granted the two reliefs in President Buhari’s motion, but modified the prayers in the motion by the APC.
Justice Aboki, who led the panel, however, said the tribunal granted the prayers which allow the applicants the permission to only inspect the materials and obtain certified true copies of the materials.
The tribunal also granted the applicant’s prayer for leave to be allowed to bring such application at the pre-hearing stage of the tribunal’s sitting.