Lagos East By-Election: Tribunal orders INEC to allow inspection of materials

The National Assembly and State House of Assembly Election Tribunal sitting in Ikeja, has ordered the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) to allow parties to inspect materials used in the December 5, 2020 election

Senator Tokunbo Abiru of the All Progressives Congress election is being challenged by the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) and their candidate Olusola Taiwo Moses Babatope the right to inspect the materials.

They had earlier filed a motion exparte in that respect and the Tribunal granted their prayers.

The Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Bassey Ikpeme honoured this prayer on Friday, with other members such as Justice Mohammed L. Abubakar and Justice M.M. Odanya.

The Tribunal, in granting the motion, upheld the prayer of the petitioners in the motion.

While giving his verdict, in the ruling, Justice Ikpeme acknowledged the importance of the inspection of the material as provided for under section 151 of the Electoral Act.

“The Tribunal is satisfied that the inspection of the election materials is required for the determination of the matter at hand. 

“This Tribunal hereby grants the request of the petitioners,” he said.

Bassey also directed the petitioners to speed up their inspections as the tribunal is time-bound.

He ordered them to ensure that they keep to the time and the date given to them under the law.

The matter was then adjourned till February 16, 2021 by the tribunal chairman for further hearing.

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