The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed the appeal by Peoples Democratic Party PDP and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, seeking access to the Independent National Electoral Commission’s sever.
The appeal was dismissed, reason given that there was no basis to interfere with the earlier decision of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal rejecting the appellants’ request to access the said server.
According to Justice Centus Nweze, the appellants failed to establish that the tribunal wrongfully exercised its discretion in dismissing their request.
He added that they also failed to place sufficient materials before the apex court to show that the tribunal’s exercise of its discretion was either arbitrary or illegal.
He added that the allegation by the appellants that they were denied fair hearing by the June 24, 2019 ruling of the tribunal was unsubstantiated.
Earlier, leading their argument on Tuesday, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), told the apex court that his clients were still within time, as the 180 days meant for the tribunal to hear and determine the case had not lapsed.
The appeal was opposed through their respective lawyers, and urged the apex court to dismiss it.