The Independent National Electoral Commission, has been accused by Senator Godswill Akpabio of disobeying court order to allow him access to election materials.
The Senator representing Akwa Ibom Northwest senatorial district had been granted access to inspect and copy all electoral materials used in the senatorial election by the Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice W.O Akanbi.
The counsel to the Senator, Patrick Umoh, stated that the electoral body in Akwa Ibom has refused to obey the order of the court to give him access to electoral material.
Umoh while speaking with the Nation stated that the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mike Igini is working with the Peoples Democratic Party to frustrate the efforts of the legal team.
“We learnt that on the instruction of Igini, Akwa Ibom INEC has consistently flouted the order and has refused the agents of Senator”
“Akpabio and forensic experts access to the election material. INEC has been engaging in a hide-and-seek game.”
“We also wish to inform you that we had earlier reported for the said inspection on Thursday, the 11th day of April, 2019, Friday, 12thApril, 2019 and Monday, 15thApril, 2019 but our efforts to have access to the materials and inspect same did not yield any positive result,”.
“INEC has colluded with PDP and advised the party to file a motion on April 16th which they cited as the reason they couldn’t allow the inspection of the materials as ordered by the court.”
“Analysts believe the hide-and-seek by INEC was to give the PDP enough time to file the motion,”.