Supreme Court suspends proceedings on PDP’s appeal to access INEC server.
Written by COMFORT 95.1FM on August 20, 2019
Supreme Court has suspended proceedings to rule on an appeal by the PDP and its candidate in the last presidential election, for permission to be allowed access to a supposed server allegedly owned by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
A panel of the Supreme Court, led by Justice Datijo Mohammed, after taking arguments from Eyitayo Jegede for the appellants; Yunus Usman, for INEC; Wole Olanipekun, for President Muhammadu Buhari and Charles Edosomwan, for the APC, rose briefly to consider the arguments and return for its decision.
You may recall that the Election Petition Court, at the Court of Appeal, Abuja, had on June 24, 2019, dismissed the application by Atiku and the PDP, holding that INEC had denied the existence of the said server and that results of the election were electronically transmitted into any server as claimed by the petitioners.
The Presiding Justice, Justice Mohammed Garba, who read the ruling, said granting the application would amount to deciding the central issue in the petition at the interlocutory stage and would imply that the court had “indeed recognised and found out that there is a central server into which results of the said election held on February 23, 2019 were electronically transmitted by INEC.”