The action of the Presidential Election Tribunal in rejecting the request of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar’s to inspect the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC’s) server, has been hailed by the Presidency.
Justice Mohammed Garba who led a five-member panel of justices, on Monday, had unanimously decided not to grant the request since the issue of whether such central server existed or not, is already a subject of controversy in the substantive petition that is challenging President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s senior special assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu while responding in a statement on Monday night, the Presidency said:
“What this means is that Justice and fair hearing through due contest by the parties of a major issue for determination remains sacrosanct and remains considerable by the tribunal upon according parties just and fair hearing and not the other way round.
“The election petitions tribunal unanimously rejected the PDP’s request to inspect a server which existence is being disputed.
“The existence of a purported server is being contested and if a purported inspection had been allowed at this stage, it would have amounted to the determination that it indeed existed even when its existence is being contested.
“The electoral law prescribes manual transmission of results only and this was what the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) did, in obedience to the law as witnessed by real electoral observers.”