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INEC Server: Peter Obi Reacts To Tribunal’s Position On Atiku’s Request

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Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) vice presidential candidate in the February 23 election, Peter Obi, has reacted to the tribunal’s rejection of its application to inspect the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC)’s server.

Reacting to the tribunal, Obi said that the action could be likened to a referee’s rejection of the Video Assisted Referee (VAR) technology in a football match.

Obi also described the electoral commission’s behavior as “outrageous and worrisome, adding that he is shocked that a body that ought to be accessible for examination as an independent body is arguing against submitting itself to observation. He said by that action, it would be very difficult for INEC to make anyone believe that is out to conduct free and fair election. “I have always respected the ruling of courts, even where it’s not favourable, but I find it shocking and worrisome in this day and age that INEC, who is supposed to be an independent umpire of an election, will argue against subjecting itself to scrutiny when ordinary referees in a football match subject themselves to VAR and even go further to visit it to enable them make more informed decisions. “With this development, it would be difficult for INEC to convince any discerning mind that it set out to conduct a free and fair poll when it takes strange positions that clearly show otherwise to critical members of the public,” he said.

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