2023: ‘Progress With Inspection Of Electoral Materials, As Truths Will Be Revealed Soon’- Labour Party PCC
Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Council on Tuesday disclosed that the lawyers of the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, are making progress with their inspection of electoral materials for the February 25 presidential poll.
The development is coming barely 24 hours after the LP legal team met with the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, who promised that the commission would give the legal team access to the materials.
The Monday meeting with INEC chairman came after the Labour Party issued threats to embark on a nationwide protest and picket INEC offices over the alleged failure of INEC to grant them access to poll materials as ordered by the court.
The head of the LP’s legal team, Dr Livy Uzoukwu (SAN), who led 60 lawyers to the meeting with the INEC chairman, had urged INEC to urgently make the polls materials available as the team was running against the deadline to file its petition against the outcome of the presidential poll.
We are here because we have not received any electoral stocks for inspection on behalf of our clients, and as you all know, election petition is time-sensitive. We have 21 days to file a petition on behalf of our clients. Out of that 21 days, we probably have about 10 days to go and up but till now, we have not received any documents.
When asked by journalists what would happen if the documents were not made available as promised by INEC, the SAN said;
That will be a national calamity. Not making the documents available will create the impression that INEC is deliberately frustrating us. But listening to the chairman and all assurances, I want to give him or we want to give him the benefit of the doubt that we will get some of them today (Monday).
At least if we get some of them today, that is indicative that we will get some other documents from tomorrow, and next tomorrow to enable us file this petition.
When asked about the duration of the inspection at the INEC office, he disclosed that it would be a continuous exercise.
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