By Ehi Ekhator
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Mahmood Yakubu of refusing to obey the March 6, 2019 ruling of the Appeal Court.
The Appeal court had directed the INEC to allow the PDP and the Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar access to inspect the documents and materials used in the February 23, 2019 Presidential election.
The party, in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan described the move as a deliberate and wicked ploy by INEC, acting in cahoot with the All Progressives Congress (APC) to frustrate Atiku effort to win back his mandate.
Olagbondiyan who doubled as the Director, Media & Publicity PDP Presidential Campaign Organization in the last Presidential campaign alleged that the refusal was a move to timeously file and mention its petition at the Presidential election Tribunal.
“It is imperative to inform Nigerians that upon obtaining the lawful order of the Court, directing INEC to forthwith, avail Atiku Abubakar and the PDP copies of all the documents and other materials used for the Presidential election, our legal team wrote to the INEC Chairman on the 11th and 12th of March 2019 respectively, causing the Order to be served on INEC and requesting access to the said documents and materials.
“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.” He said.
The party added that “the action by the leadership of INEC has further exposed that it has been heavily compromised by the Buhari Presidency to rig the February 23, 2019 Presidential election and to frustrate the quest by Nigerians to reclaim the mandate from President Muhammadu Buhari and save the nation from the crisis of an illegitimate government.”
The party claimed the APC and INEC plans was to frustrate its candidate’s court option, knowing that the documents and materials will expressly show that Atiku clearly won the election by the votes directly delivered at the poling units across the country, expose how President Muhammadu Buhari’s Presidency manipulated the results
The Secretary said:”INEC should therefore end its unpatriotic partisan shenanigans with the APC and immediately obey the Court of Appeal and grant the PDP and Atiku Abubakar access to the documents and materials and free itself from unholy entanglement with the APC against Nigerians.”