The Lagos-based All Progressive Congress (APC) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) filed an appeal on Saturday against a federal court ruling ordering INEC to transmit results electronically. Gubernatorial and state elections are scheduled for Saturday.
On March 8, the Labor Party (LP) and its gubernatorial candidate, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, obtained a ruling directing the Electoral Commission to submit results electronically.
Presiding Judge Peter Riffe also denied the Social Democrats' request to join the case as an interested party. In a new application to the court, the SDP and his three party leaders are seeking leave to appeal.
They want the Court of Appeal to admit that the lower court erroneously denied hearing and deciding on preliminary objections filed in their application for membership. They also want the appeals court to confirm that the original subpoena for the lawsuit was unsubstantiated.
As an interested party, APC has also applied for leave to appeal the judgment. APC hopes the Court of Appeals will take note of the Abuja Supreme Court's ruling that INEC is free to choose how to report its results.
Both APC and SDP are seeking court orders to stay enforcement of the March 8 rulings pending decisions on hearings and appeals.
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