The Governorship Election Tribunal in Lagos State has allowed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Jimi Agbaje, to inspect polling documents and devices used for the April 11 election.
The Tribunal Chairman, Justice Muhammad Sirajo, granted the prayer while ruling on an application filed by Agbaje’s counsel Clement Onwuenmonor.
Justice Sirajo also ordered the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to provide certified true copies of all polling documents, including printed data from card reader machines in each polling units.
The orders were among the five prayers filed by the petitioner before the tribunal.
The tribunal had earlier taken the submissions of Onwuenmunor and his All Progressives Congress (APC) counterpart, Ademola Sadiq.
The petitioner urged the tribunal to order INEC to provide certified true copies of all polling documents, including printed data from card reader machines in each polling units.
The Chairman, National and House of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal, Justice Sylvanus Oriji, has warned lawyers against delaying the hearing and determination of petitions.
Justice Sirajo said the tribunal would not tolerate strategies aimed at delaying the expeditious hearing and determination of petitions by lawyers.
The tribunal chairman issued the warning during the inaugural sitting of the tribunal, which has Justices K. Dabo and Kadi Yusuf as members.
The judge noted that election petitions were delicate and sensitive to handle because they must be heard and determined within 180 days as specified by Section 285 (6) of the 1999 Constitution.
He said it has now been established that any judgment delivered by an Election Tribunal in an election petition after 180 days from the date of filing is a nullity.