INEC: We Don’t Have a Server, Electoral Body Replies Atiku at Tribunal
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has denied having any server.
INEC stated this position at the ongoing Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal in Abuja .
Recall that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had through their lawyers led by Levy Uzoukwu, SAN, asked the Tribunal to compel the electoral umpire to grant them access to the server and smart card readers.
But counsel representing INEC, Yunus Usman, in a counter affidavit asked the court to dismiss the application.
“They are asking us to bring something we do not have,” Mr Usman said
Usman further called the Tribunal’s attention to its judgment on March 6 granting PDP access to inspect only election materials without the server.
The counsel to President Muhammadu Buhari, Wole Olanipekun, and the All Progressives Congress (APC), Lateef Fagnemi, on their part both asked the court to dismiss the application for failing to disclose the existence of the server.
The chairman of the panel, Justice Mohammed Garba, reserved ruling in the application shortly after counsels in the case argued their briefs in the suit.
Tribunal, therefore, adjourned to June 24, for the continuation of the pre-trial hearing.