PEPT: INEC Refuses LP Access to Evidence as Apapa Interrupts Hearing

Livy Uzoukwu SAN, the lead counsel to Mr Peter Obi and the Labour Party has stated that the Independent National Electoral Commission,  INEC, has refused to give the legal team 70% of the evidence as required by law.

“My lord, 70% of the documents we requested from INEC has not been given to us. Even when the chairman had openly told us that the documents will be made available to us”.

Barrister Uzoukwu revealed that the Resident Electoral Commissioner told LP counsel that they do not have any Form EC8As to give and refused to put that in writing even on request.

In response, Olanipekun, the counsel for President-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the INEC told the Justices that the issue of evidence as mentioned by the LP was not the reason why the court adjourned last week and urged the Justices to go to the issues as agreed.

INEC’s counsel, AD Mahmud SAN, agreed to set up a team to procure all necessary documents which won’t be objected to by both parties.

Meanwhile, the former Deputy National leader of the Labour Party,  Lamidi Apapa stormed the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal and made for the seats of the Abure faction but was overpowered.

He, however, was cautioned when he attempted to stop the National Women Leader of LP Mrs Dudu Maluga who introduced herself as representing the Labour Party from doing so but she stood her ground.

The court decided that there was no representation for Labour Party since there was a conflict of representation.

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