The Bauchi State Governorship, National and State House of Assembly Election Tribunal, on Saturday, granted leave to Garba Dahiru of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to access sensitive materials used by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC in the February 25 NASS election in the state.
Dahiru contested and lost the Bauchi South Senatorial District election to Shehu Umar of the All Progressives Congress as declared by INEC.
A three-member panel, led by Justice Wilfred Kpochi, gave the order in Bauchi, following an ex-parte application filed by the candidate and his party.
Earlier, the lead counsel to the applicant, Alex Hassan, had prayed the court to compel INEC to allow his client to obtain documents in the commission’s custody used for the election.
He said the documents would aid his petition against the emergence of APC’s Umar as the winner of the election.
In his ruling, Kpochi said that the application had merit and was granted accordingly.
He, therefore, ordered INEC to make available all the election materials used for the conduct of the Bauchi south senatorial district election to the applicant, his agents and counsel.
“The petitioners are to take certified copies and conduct manual and physical inspection of all the electoral materials used in the conduct of the Bauchi South Senatorial District election held on February 25, 2023,” he said.
Meanwhile, the tribunal also granted leave to the New Nigeria Peoples Party candidate, Mijinyawa Mohammed, to access election materials deployed by INEC for the Bauchi North senatorial district election.
The petitioner, through his counsel, Yaldami Gambo, said the order would enable him and his party to inspect all the election materials used by the electoral umpire in preparing their petition.
Also cited as a respondent in the matter is INEC.
While granting the order, Justice Wilfred Kpochi said that the application has merit.
He, therefore, granted leave to the petitioner and his counsel to approach INEC and take certified copies of the election materials used in the Feb. 25 Bauchi North senatorial district election.