During Tuesday’s proceedings at the Presidential Election Tribunal in Abuja, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared that some of the documents requested by Peter Obi, the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate in the 2023 election, do not exist.
Mr. Obi and the Labour Party (LP) filed a petition marked CA/PEPC/03/2023 challenging the election of President Bola Tinubu on February 25. The respondents in the petition include INEC, President Tinubu, Vice-President Kashim Shettima, and their party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Lawrence Bayode, the Deputy Director of ICT at INEC, provided testimony in court and stated that out of the five documents requested by Obi, two were non-existent, and one still a work in progress.
One of Obi’s witnesses, Loretta Ogah, an ICT cloud engineer, revealed that she contested for a seat in the House of Representatives under the Labour Party in Cross River but lost the election. During cross-examination by Wole Olanipakun (SAN), counsel for Tinubu and Shettima, Ogah explained that she filed a lawsuit against INEC because her name was not listed on the electoral body’s portal due to network failure.
When questioned by Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), counsel for the APC, Ms. Ogah stated that no glitches occurred on the INEC portal on February 25. She also clarified that she was unfamiliar with INEC’s password protocol as she was not an employee.
The court presided over by Justice Haruna Tsammani, adjourned further proceedings to Wednesday.