The candidate of the All Progressives Congress APC, for Sapele constituency in the April 11, 2015 election, Hon. Felix Anirah has alleged that officials of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Delta state were frustrating his case.
The APC candidate had dragged the PDP candidate, Mr. Monday Igbuya, the speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly to the State House of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Asaba, challenging the declaration of Mr Igbuya as the winner of the election.
The chairman of the tribunal, Hon Justice A A Banjoko, had granted an order on July 8, 2015, for a joint inspection of the election materials used in all the wards/polling units that make up the constituency.
The court also made an order directing a recount with particular reference to votes of the 1st Petitioner/Applicant and the 1st Respondent/Respondent, following a motion on notice filed by the counsel to the petitioner Barr. Ikhide Ehighelua, dated July 6th, 2015.
Addressing newsmen at INEC office in Sapele, counsel to the petitioner Barr. Bukola Asema, frown at an attempt by INEC officials to frustrate the petitioner’s right to inspect the electoral materials as ordered by the court.
According to her, “we all agreed to meet here at INEC office in Sapele by 9 am, this morning, however we have been waiting and now is 3pm, and the EO, is yet to come, which is a clear case of breach of the court’s order, which directed that all parties should be in INEC office by 9am on July 21st-22nd for joint inspection.”
She added that during the inspection at Asaba on July 14, they were made to wait for most part of the day waiting for INEC officials.
According to her, “during our inspection at INEC office at Asaba on the July 15, 2015 we requested for the E-tracking report, but despite the court order, INEC officials at Asaba refused to provide the E-tracking report, this is another clear case of contempt of the court.”
Speaking also, a chieftain of APC in Sapele, Mr Famous Sagay alleged that by the conduct of the INEC officials in Delta State, “it is very clear that INEC has something to hide or might have been compromised, because it has consistently hidden materials that will enable the petitioner prove his case and this is a sad commentary,” he noted.

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