It was impossible for the tribunal to delve into the server issue at the interlocutory stage of the panel’s sittings.
The Presidential Election Tribunal today threw out the request by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, and his party to compeling the Independent National Electoral Commission to allow them access to the server used for 2019 presidential election.
While ruling on the application, the five-member panel unanimously refused the request on the reason that issues had been joined by parties over the existence or otherwise of the server.
The judges insisted that it was impossible for the tribunal to delve into the server issue at the interlocutory stage of the panel’s sittings.
The PDP and Mr Abubakar, through their lawyers, led by Levy Uzoukwu, asked the tribunal to compel INEC to grant them access to the server and smart card readers used in the conduct of the election.