The Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) says it is not going to have interaction the Peoples Democratic Get together (PDP) in an argument on petitions earlier than the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal as a result of they’re sub-judice.
Mr Festus Okoye, Nationwide Commissioner and Chairman, Info and Voter Training Committee, INEC, stated this in a press release launched in Abuja on Tuesday.
NAN studies that Okoye was responding to PDP’s allegation that INEC refused to launch election supplies used for the conduct of the Feb. 23, presidential ballot to it as ordered by the presidential election petitions tribunal.
He stated the fee was conscious that there have been petitions pending earlier than the tribunal the place the petitioners had filed their instances and the respondents had responded to the petitions.
He stated that as one of many respondents within the petition filed by the PDP and its presidential candidate, the fee had responded to the stated petition.
“The fee is conscious that very senior attorneys are representing the petitioners and the respondents in relation to the stated petitions.
“The fee is a Iaw-abiding establishment and won’t argue or canvass within the media, petitions which might be sub-judice, and the place the presidential election petitions tribunal is firmly seized of the problems.
“The attorneys representing the petitioners are seized of the state of the legislation and the course to take if they really imagine that the fee is in disobedience of the orders of the presidential election petitions tribunal.
“The fee is a Iaw-abiding establishment and can proceed to accord the requisite respect to judicial establishments and obey the orders of courts,’’ he acknowledged.
PDP’s Nationwide Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan had on Monday, accused INEC of refusing the get together entry to election supplies used for the Feb. 23, presidential ballot as ordered by the tribunal.
Ologbondiyan stated the continued refusal of INEC to launch the electoral supplies to the get together and its authorized crew was utterly provocative, standing in the way in which of justice and dealing in opposition to the need of the individuals.
He stated that it additionally confirmed that the fee was working with the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Presidency to frustrate the PDP and its candidate.
In accordance with him, INEC and the APC have been apprehensive that the supplies used within the ballot would present on the tribunal that the PDP and its Presidential Candidate Atiku Abubakar, clearly gained the election.
The get together’s nationwide publicity secretary stated the supplies included varieties EC8D and EC40G protecting the nation, along with the report of the sensible card readers.
In accordance with Ologbondiyan the get together had been reliably knowledgeable about how some individuals in APC and INEC had boasted that they’d by no means enable the supplies and paperwork to be launched to PDP’s authorized crew.
“That is the explanation the APC and INEC manufactured a groundless declare that the shape EC8D, EC40G and the studies of the cardboard readers weren’t particularly captured within the order of the court docket,” he stated.
In accordance with him, the court docket was unequivocal in its order that each one supplies used for the election be made accessible to the get together’s authorized crew.