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INEC To LP/Obi: Stop blaming Us For Your Failure In Court

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has cautioned the Labour Party (LP) and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi to desist from blaming it for their inability to effectively prosecute their case before the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC).

INEC’s lawyer, Kemi Pinheiro (SAN), spoke in reaction to a claim by the lawyer to LP and Obi, Livy Uzoukwu (SAN) that the office of the Chairman of INEC declined to accept a subpoena served on Prof. Mahmood Yakubu to produce some documents.

Uzoukwu made the claim mid-way into proceedings on Wednesday after another member of the petitioners’ legal team, Audu Anuga (SAN), who was tendering documents, suddenly announced that he has exhausted what they have for the day.

Uzoukwu, who is the leader of the petitioners’ legal team, rose and told the court that his team would have loved to continue, but for the refusal of the INEC Chairman’s office to accept a subpoena served on him to produce some documents, a development that was hindering progress in their case.

Reacting, Pinheiro noted that it has become a pattern with the petitioners to always look for someone to blame whenever they were stuck and unable to progress with the handling of their case.

Pinheiro said: “It has become a habit. Whenever they want to seek an adjournment, they look for somebody to whip. It cannot be true that a subpoena is refused by the office of the INEC Chairman.

“Don’t use INEC as a whipping boy. If they have nothing else to do today, they should just stay so. It is their day. It is not correct that the office of INEC Chairman refused to accept a subpoena.”

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