By Uche Mbah
The Legal fireworks has started for the last concluded presidential election in Nigeria as the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, flag bearer, Atiku Abubakar, files an ex parte Motion in an Abuja Appeal Court seeking access to all Documents used by the Commission in the prosecution of the election.
Atiku has been under tremendous pressure not to go to court but has maintained that he must reclaim his mandate through legal means so as not to violate the peace accord that he signed with other Presidential aspirants, including president Muhammadu Buhari.
The motion, dated March the fourth and filled the following day and supported by a twelve paragraph affidavit, has President Buhari, the Independent National Electoral commission, INEC and the All Progressives Congress, APC, as respondents.
He appealed to the court to allow him obtain copies of the INEC register, noting that the information obtained thereof will be used in prosecuting their case at the tribunal.
The affidavit was deposed by Colonel Austin Akobundu, Director of Contact and Mobilization in Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Council.
No date has been fixed for the hearing.
Meanwhile, President buhari summoned an emergency security meeting in Aso Rock. Though the Agenda of the meeting is unknown as at press time, it is believed that it is not unrelated to the upcoming governorship elections as well as the Atiku court case. Feelers also indicate that it is also related to the role of the military in the forthcoming elections. The presidency has been under fire for the use of the military in the just concluded presidential elections despite the supreme court ruling to the contrary.
Meanwhile, leaders of the PDP were on Tuesday led by the party Chairman Uche Secondus to a protest march to the office of the INEC. The protest started from the Party’s national secretariat Abuja. They were heard chanting “give us our votes” “we voted Atiku”. According to the PDP official twitter page, the march was for the return of their stolen mandate.