PDP, Atiku Begin Quest To Reclaim “Stolen Mandate,” Ask Tribunal To Order Inspection Of Election Materials

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The Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, have begun their quest to reclaim what they see as their “stolen mandate,” filing on Tuesday an application seeking an order compelling the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to allow them inspect materials used for the conduct of the presidential poll.

Chief Chris Uche (SAN), counsel to the petitioners, filed the ex parte application before the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal at the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal.

They want the tribunal to order INEC to allow them inspect the Voters Registers, the Smart Card Reader Machines, ballot papers and other documents used for the conduct of the February 23 presidential election.

Inspection of election materials normally precedes the filing of a formal election petition.

INEC, President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC), were joined as the first, second and third respondents in the motion.

INEC had declared President Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of the 2019 presidential election having polled 15,191,847 votes as against Atiku’s 11,262,978 votes with a victory margin of 3,928,869 votes, according to the commission.

PDP alleges foul play, saying there was suppression of voters in its strongholds and falsification of votes.

The opposition party said it has the “real results.”

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