The President-elect, Bola Tinubu, has been given permission by the Abuja Appeal Court to examine election materials that was utilized on February 25, 2022, in the general elections.
Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, on Tuesday, urged the Court of Appeal in Abuja to order INEC to grant him access to sensitive materials it used for the presidential election.
Tinubu, through his lawyer, Mr Akintola Makinde, said he would need to inspect, scan and make photocopies of some of the electoral materials to enable him to prepare his defence against petitions that would seek to nullify his election.
While Tinubu’s first ex-parte application, which was filed on March 6, has the Labour Party and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi as respondents, in the second application, the Peoples Democratic Party, and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, were cited as respondents, alongside INEC.
“The materials will be relevant in helping us to prepare our defence and also make comparison with the information contained in INEC’s back-end server,” Makinde said.
But in rendering its decision on Wednesday, a three-member panel of the court granted the reliefs requested by Tinubu and the APC in the fourth motion ex-parte, with the exception of requests 5 and 6 in the motion filed by Tinubu.