Tribunal Allows Bauchi PDP, NNPP Candidates to Inspect Electoral Material Used for NASS Polls

The Governorship, National and State House of Assembly Election Tribunal sitting in Bauchi, yesterday, granted leave to Garba Dahiru of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to access sensitive materials used by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the February 25 National Assembly polls, according to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Dahiru contested and lost the Bauchi South Senatorial District election to Shehu Umar of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who was declared winner by INEC.

A three-member panel, led by Justice Wilfred Kpochi, gave the order in Bauchi, following an ex-parte application filed by the candidate and his party. Those involved in the matter are Shehu Umar and his party, PDP and INEC.

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Earlier, the lead counsel to the applicant, Alex Hassan, prayed the court to compel INEC to allow his client to obtain documents in the commission’s custody used for the election. According to him, the documents would aid his petition against the victory of APC’s Umar in the February 25th polls.

Fortuinately, Kpochi said granted the application, maintaining that it had merit. He, however, ordered INEC to make available all the election materials used for the conduct of the Bauchi south senatorial district election to the applicant, his agents and counsel.

“The petitioners are to take certified copies and conduct manual and physical inspection of all the electoral materials used in the conduct of the Bauchi South Senatorial District election held on February 25, 2023,” he said.

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In the same vein, the tribunal also granted leave to New Nigeria Peoples Party’s (NNPP) Mijinyawa Mohammed, to access election materials deployed by INEC for the Bauchi North senatorial district election.

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Mohammed through his counsel, Yaldami Gambo, said the order would enable him and his party to inspect all the election materials used by INEC in preparing their petition. Similarrly, Kpochi, citing the merit of the application granted the application and urged INEC to allow the petitioner take certified copies of the election materials used in the Feb. 25 Bauchi North senatorial district election.

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