Thursday, June 8, 2023

INEC partial, fighting proxy war on behalf of Tinubu: Atiku

“INEC is fighting a proxy war on behalf of Tinubu, which a neutral body should not do,” asserted Mr Abubakar’s lawyer.

and • May 19, 2023
Bola Tinubu, INEC chairman Mahmood Yakubu and Atiku Abubakar
Bola Tinubu, INEC chairman Mahmood Yakubu and Atiku Abubakar

On Friday, Chris Uche, legal representative for unsuccessful presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of siding with Bola Tinubu in his quest to prove that the president-elect’s electoral victory was flawed and should be annulled.

Mr Abubakar, through his lawyers, is seeking live coverage of the tribunal proceedings, a request that INEC, Mr Tinubu and All Progressives Congress (APC) have vehemently opposed.

Displeased that INEC opposed his client’s application, Mr Uche expressed doubts about the electoral body’s neutrality.

“INEC is fighting a proxy war on behalf of Tinubu, which a neutral body should not do,” asserted Mr Abubakar’s lawyer.

He urged the panel of five justices chaired by Simon Tsammani to discountenance INEC’s response.

“We mostly urge our lordship to dismiss this application in its entity as well as to discountenance the INEC reply on points of law as being a gross abuse of court process as my lord would see in the entire two processes all INEC had done is to apply to strike out two different applications against Tinubu,” prayed Mr Uche.

The court is expected to give a ruling on the application of live broadcast of proceedings filed by aggrieved presidential candidates Mr Abubakar and Labour Party’s Peter Obi today.

Mr Obi is in court for the ruling.

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