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Election Tribunal: Court Declines Obi’s Request To Question INEC

The Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) in Abuja dismissed an application filed by Mr. Peter Obi, the candidate of the Labour Party (LP), seeking permission to question the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) about the technology used during the general elections.

Obi, who is challenging the outcome of the presidential election held on February 25, requested the court to compel INEC to answer 12 specific questions related to the technology employed. These questions included the date of the functionality test conducted on the supposed improved technological system, as well as the individuals involved in the test.

Obi also wanted INEC to provide information about the timing and resolution of technical glitches, the percentage of uploaded election results, and the discrepancies between the presidential and National Assembly elections in terms of technological issues.

Obi and his party believed that the answers to these questions were crucial to their petition against the declaration of President Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the election. However, all respondents in the case requested the court to dismiss the application due to its untimely filing.

The court, led by Justice Haruna Tsammani, unanimously struck out the application on the grounds that it was submitted after the pre-hearing period.

Nonetheless, Obi and the LP were allowed to present two video recordings as evidence in the open court. The first video featured INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu assuring the public about the electronic transmission of election results, while the second video included an assurance from INEC National Commissioner Mr. Festus Okoye regarding real-time transmission and citizen access to the I-Rev portal.

Channels Television was summoned to produce the two video recordings, which were accepted by the court as exhibits.

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