Obi carpets INEC over tribunal’s rejection of PDP's server inspection request

...says commission's argument mounts to a referee rejecting VAR in football match

By Valentine Amanze

The Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 23, 2019 Presidential election, Mr. Peter Obi, has faulted Monday’s Presidential Election tribunal's rejection of PDP’s legal team’s request to inspect the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC).
He described the commission's behaviour as unfortunate.
Obi, who was in court, said that he had always respected the ruling of courts even where it was not favourable.
Besides, the former governor of Anambra State said that it was shocking that “in this day and age INEC which 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 Video Assisted Referee (VAR) and even go further to visit it to enable them make more informed decisions.”

He however lamented that with the development, it would be difficult for INEC to convince any discerning mind that it was set out to conduct a free and fair poll when it takes strange positions that clearly show otherwise to critical members of the public.
Obi said that the situation was particularly more worrisome that it was coming at a time most of the international bodies that monitored the election were giving it low mark.

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