Aftermath Of 2019 General Election: Court denied Atiku’s request to access the INEC server


Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections, Atiku Abubakar, has lost the bid to inspect the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

In a unanimous judgment by a five-man panel of the Supreme Court led by Justice Chima Nweze, the appeal was dismissed on the ground that Atiku and the PDP had failed to provide sufficient reasons why the application should be granted.

The court had earlier on struck out an appeal filed by the PDP and Atiku against a ruling of the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC).

The PEPC had ruled that held that they did not have a reply to an application filed on May 14, 2019, by the All Progressives Congress (APC) seeking among other reliefs, the dismissal of their (Atiku and the PDP) petition challenging President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory at the 2019 presidential election.

A five-man panel led by Justice Datijo Mohammed, therefore, struck out the appeal for having become statute-barred.

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