The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Delta South senatorial district, Michael Diden, has expressed concern over the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) frustrating his efforts to access electoral documents for his case at the National Assembly elections petitions tribunal in Asaba.
According to Diden's lead counsel, Ayo Asala, the three-member tribunal, headed by Cathrine Ogunsola, was referred to the INEC headquarters in Abuja for the documents. However, members of Diden's legal team have been in Abuja for over a week and are yet to access the documents needed for the trial.
This delay in accessing the necessary documents is causing frustration for Diden and his legal team. Asala has stated that they require the documents to properly prosecute their case at the tribunal.
The INEC's actions in this matter have caused concern over the transparency and fairness of the electoral process. It is important that all candidates have equal access to electoral documents to ensure a fair trial and uphold the integrity of the electoral system.
Diden argues that it was improper for INEC to declare Onowakpo the winner before announcing the results of Warri South Local Government Area, and is asking to be recognized as the election's victor in the appeal. The petition claims that Warri South had enough registered voters and PVCs collected to change the lead margin in the other seven councils, and that INEC should have either held a second election or tallied the results from the polling places in 11 of Warri South's 12 wards before making the final determination.
Source: THE SUN NEWSPAPER
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