INEC disobeying court order to allow me access to election materials, Akpabio cries out
Godswill Akpabio, Ex-Senate Minority Leader, who represents the northwestern senatorial district of Akwa Ibom, has accused the National Electoral Commission (INEC), interested, impartial, in the state of disobeying the court order to allow the Access to electoral supplies.
The Election Petition Tribunal, headed by its Chairman, Justice W.O Akanbi had on April 2 granted Senator Akpabio, the petitioner and applicant and his brokers, together with forensic consultants, entry to examine and duplicate all electoral supplies used within the senatorial election.
Counsel to Senator Akpabio, Patrick Umoh disclosed that the electoral umpire in the state has refused to obey the order of the court to allow them inspect and copy the materials for litigation purposes.
Akwa Ibom election: Akpabio cries out, says INEC disobeying court order
Umoh informed the Nation that it was apparent that the state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of INEC, Mike Igini was colluding with the PDP-led authorities within the state to frustrate the efforts of the authorized crew.
“We learnt that on the instruction of Igini, Akwa Ibom INEC has constantly flouted the order and has refused the brokers of Senator
“We also wish to inform you that we had earlier reported for the said inspection on Thursday, the 11thday of April, 2019, Friday, 12thApril, 2019 and Monday, 15thApril, 2019 but our efforts to have access to the materials and inspect same did not yield any positive result,” Umoh said.
“Akpabio and forensic consultants entry to the election materials. INEC has been participating in a hide-and-seek sport.
“INEC has colluded with PDP and advised the party to file a motion on April 16th which they cited as the reason they couldn’t allow the inspection of the materials as ordered by the court.
“We also wish to inform you that we had earlier reported for the said inspection on Thursday, the 11thday of April, 2019, Friday, 12thApril, 2019 and Monday, 15thApril, 2019 but our efforts to have access to the materials and inspect same did not yield any positive result,” Umoh mentioned.
“Analysts believe that the hideout of the INEC was to give the PDP sufficient time to present the motion,” he said.
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