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Obi kicks over tribunal’s rejection of Atiku’s request



Obi kicks over tribunal’s rejection of Atiku’s request

The Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 23 election, Peter Obi, yesterday likened the tribunal’s rejection of the application to inspect the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and smart card readers to that a referee rejecting Video Assisted Referee (VAR) in a football match. Obi, who was reacting to the ruling of the tribunal, which refused to grant the application seeking access to the INEC server and smart card readers used for the said election filed by Atiku Abubakar and the PDP, described INEC’s behaviour as “outrageous and worrisome”.

Obi, who was present in court, said: “I have always respected the ruling of courts, even where it’s not favourable, but find I find it shocking and worrisome in this day and age that INEC, who is supposed to be an independent umpire of an election, will argue against subjecting itself to scrutiny when ordinary referees in a football match subject themselves to VAR and even go further to visit it to enable them make more informed decisions. “With this development, it would be difficult for INEC to convince any discerning mind that it set out to conduct a free and fair poll when it takes strange positions that clearly show otherwise to critical members of the public.”

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