The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in a deliberate and wicked ploy to frustrate the party has denied it access to election materials.
According to PDP, INEC has disobeyed the March 6, 2019, Court of Appeal order directing it to allow the party and its presidential candidate, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, to inspect documents and materials used in the February 23, 2019 presidential election.
“Despite being served with the order and several follow-ups, the leadership of INEC has refused to grant the PDP and Atiku Abubakar access to the materials and documents, notwithstanding the urgency of the matter,” PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said.
INEC in its response to PDP’s allegation however denied that the commission disobeys court orders.
“The Independent National Electoral Commission has a good record of obeying court orders. If and when the commission receives the orders of the court, it will comply.
“However, it is common knowledge that since the declaration of the results of the presidential election, the commission has been very busy with the multiple activities regarding the National Assembly, governorship, state Houses of Assembly and Federal Capital Territory elections. Only last Thursday, the commission presented Certificates of Return to senators-elect and House of Representatives members-electors including PDP members,” Rotimi Oyekanmi, Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, said.