– The Independent National Electoral Commission has said it will not comment on the controversial server claims raised by Atiku Abubakar on the 2019 presidential election
– INEC said commenting on the issue could lead to sanction by the tribunal
– According to the commission, it is not just acceptable to discuss what is clearly subjudice
Following the controversy raised by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the use of servers for the 2019 election, the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) has declined comment on the matter.
Daily Trust reports that the chief press secretary to the INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, said the commission would not comment on the issue to avoid running afoul of the election petition tribunal sitting in Abuja.
Rotimi Oyekanmi said dwelling on the issue which is already before the court could lead to sanction by the tribunal.
Oyekanmi said: “The Tribunal gave this warning in its inaugural speech. It is not just acceptable that we continue to discuss what is clearly subjudice. PDP has made a case and it is being argued in court.”
“Why is it now being canvassed in the media? Is the purpose to influence the decision of the court? Let us exercise some discretion please and allow the court to take a decision,” Oyekanmi said.