News, Politics

Presidential Election Results Sheets Declared ‘Missing’, As Court Set To Declare Atiku, Winner

It is almost two weeks after the conduct of the Presidential and National Assembly elections, and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, does not still have the full results in its kitty.

Worse still is the fact that INEC does not have result sheets and other materials it used for collation of the results, causing anxiety and fears of annulment of the election, aftermath of the court ruling, on Wednesday.

It was learnt that the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, sitting in Abuja, on Wednesday, granted the election results challenger, Atiku Abubakar, the Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, leave to inspect all election materials.

That court leave is causing confusion in INEC, as to what to do.

It was gathered that, soon after the court ruling, INEC on Wednesday, ordered its Legal Department to look into the ruling, to advise it appropriately, a source in the know revealed.

Even of concern, is why INEC is yet to provide details of the outcome of the polls, either on its website, or at its States Offices.

This is causing fears that the election results may have been cooked up, as efforts were rather placed on declaring winners, than following processes as allowed by Extant Laws, before the declaration of the election results could be done.

A source at the Legal Department of INEC stated: “It was always going to be tough providing the materials the court has ordered.

“I do not know why materials used during the election have not be submitted, but I am not in a position to speak – I am in the Legal Department, my mandate is not to speak on issues like this.”

According to her: “There should be things to inspect, in fact, all things being sought should be available for a Petitioner to examine – that is what all relevant Laws in the country say.”

When asked what if the Petitioner cannot be provided the materials being sought, she responded: “That is left for the court to decide, but it could mean cancellation of results, because you cannot announce nothing for something.”


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