…By Dorcas Funmi for TDPel Media.
The Labour Party (LP) and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, have submitted a request to the Presidential Election Petition Court in Abuja on Thursday.
They are seeking an investigation into the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), specifically regarding the technology experts employed by INEC during the February 25 election.
Challenging INEC’s Announcement and Questioning Election Integrity
LP and Obi are challenging INEC’s declaration that Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) emerged as the winner of the election.
Represented by their lawyer, Patrick Ikweto, they have presented 12 questions to INEC aimed at questioning the integrity of the election process.
Opposition to the Request and Legal Technicalities
However, INEC’s lawyer, Kemi Pinheiro, along with lawyers representing Tinubu and APC, have opposed the move.
They argue that the application was filed outside the legal timeframe, asserting that the court lacks jurisdiction to hear the case.
Presiding Justice Haruna Tsammani has reserved ruling on the applications and has postponed further proceedings until today.
PDP Presents Witness on Technical Difficulties
In a separate development, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, have called their first subpoenaed witness at the Presidential Election Petition Court.
The witness, Friday Egwuma, an ad hoc staff of INEC, reported encountering technical difficulties while attempting to upload presidential results to the INEC Results Viewing Portal.
However, other election results were transmitted electronically without any issues.
Ruling on Objections Reserved for Final Judgment
The court has reserved its ruling on objections raised against this witness deposition until the final judgment is delivered, allowing for a thorough consideration of the arguments presented by both parties involved in the case.
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