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Tinubu approaches court for leave to obtain election materials for his defence

The three-member panel of the appellate court, after listening to the application, adjourned until Wednesday for a ruling.

• March 7, 2023
Bola Tinubu
Bola Tinubu

The president-elect, Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Tuesday approached the Court of Appeal seeking leave to obtain the election materials for his defence.

The chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu, had declared Mr Tinubu winner of the February 25 presidential election after securing a majority of votes cast at the poll.

Besides, Mr Tinubu met the constitutional benchmark of scoring 25 per cent in two-thirds of 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, according to INEC.

On March 3, the Court of Appeal granted leave to Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) to inspect documents used by the Independent National Electoral Commission for the election.

Messrs Abubakar and Obi had alleged that substantial non-compliance with the Electoral Act 2022, in addition to violence and rigging, marred the conduct and outcome of the election.

They, therefore, approached the court for a leave of the court to inspect the sensitive materials used for conducting the election.

Today, Mr Tinubu, through his lawyer, Akintola Makinde, approached the court seeking leave to allow them to inspect and obtain election materials for his defence.

The three-member panel of the appellate court, after listening to the application, adjourned until Wednesday for a ruling.


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