Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, yesterday July 18 assembled some of the documents requested by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal relating to the February 23, 2019, presidential election.
Recall that before 12 noon yesterday, the five-member panel of the tribunal led by Justice Mohammed Garba ordered INEC’s chairman to produce the documents following the request by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
The tribunal gave the order after being notified by the petitioners that the subpoenas issued and served on INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, and the commission’s Residential Electoral Commissioner in Zamfara state had not been adhered to.
Although the tribunal adjourned the case till Friday, July 19, the Guardian reports that during July 18 proceedings, Justice Garba enquired on INEC’s lawyer, Yunus Usman (SAN) concerning the documents.
Usman responded saying that the “documents had been substantially produced”.
“It is a very tedious task, but we have to obey the court’s order,” he added.
The tribunal then promised to “deal with the issue” when it returns to deliver its ruling.
As the tribunal rose, 18 boxes containing documents were brought in by officials into the courtroom.
The petitioners are challenging President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory at the February 23 poll.