– Atiku Abubakar, the PDP’s presidential candidate in the 2019 elections, says there’s no cause for alarm over the Supreme Court’s ruling on his petition to inspect INEC’s servers
– Atiku said the claim that the election was rigged had already been addressed by witnesses and documents which were tendered
– The Supreme Court, in its ruling denying the application, had stated that the law does not allow it to set aside a valid decision of the lower court
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 elections, Atiku Abubakar, says there is no cause for alarm over the Supreme Court’s ruling dismissing his request to inspect the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’s server.
Abubakar, who addressed a news conference through his lead counsel, Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), after proceedings on Tuesday, August 20, said the decision was anticipated and that proactive action had been taken during the hearing of the petition, NAN reports.
Legit.ng gathers that he said: “There is no cause for alarm in the decision of the apex court as it relates to our petition at the tribunal.
“The issue of server was aimed at establishing that the election was rigged during the collation of results and this was thoroughly addressed through witnesses and documents tendered and admitted during the presentation of the petition.”
He expressed optimism that the tribunal would do justice at the end of the day.
Abubakar had approached the Supreme Court, praying for an order to set aside the decision of the tribunal which refused to compel INEC to allow him access to the central server allegedly used in the conduct of the presidential poll.
But the Supreme Court refused the application, saying the matter was still pending before the Court of Appeal.
It ruled that the PDP’s decision to approach the apex court “under the guise of requesting for fear hearing” had failed.
“Litigants should stop relying on the provision of fair hearing alone as it is not available to them just for the asking,” the court ruled.
The court said the law does not allow it to set aside a valid decision of the lower court, and decided that the reason adduced by the Court of Appeal in a previous decision against the inspection of the server was valid.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission explained that there was no way Atiku Abubakar could have won the 2019 presidential election.
INEC said Atiku was not declared winner of the exercise because it was satisfied that the PDP candidate did not secure majority of lawful votes during the election.
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