A three-man panel of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal led by Justice Abdul Aboki has granted the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and its Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar access to all electoral materials used in the presidential elections.

Atiku had on Wednesday filed an ex-parte motion seeking an order granting them access to inspect the electoral materials used for February 23 polls.

The panel in its verdict however rejected other requests by the applicants seeking orders permitting them to photocopy and scan the electoral documents.

Justice Aboki said: “After a careful examination of the reliefs sought on the motion paper and a perusal of Section 151 of the Electoral Act (as amended), and the decision of this court in cases of Aregbesola v. Oyinlola, Akintayo v. Jolaoye, Senator Hope Uzodinma v. Senator Osita Izunaso, it is hereby ordered as follows.

“Leave is granted to the applicants to bring this application at this stage,

“The first respondent (INEC) shall forthwith, allow the applicants and or their representatives to inspect polling documents and obtain certified true copies of all polling documents in the custody of the first respondent, used for the just-concluded presidential election, to enable the applicants institute and maintain an election petition.

“Prayers three, four, five and six on the motion paper are hereby refused.

“Forensic audit, examination and analysis by forensic experts cannot be regarded as an inspection of those documents within the ambit of Section 151 of the Electoral Act (as amended),” he added.

Other members of the panel include Justice Peter Ige and Emmanuel Agim.

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