The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday invited representatives of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State to inspect materials used in the August 9 governorship poll.
The invitation was contained in a “Notice of Inspection of Election Materials” sent to the parties in Osogbo. The three-paragraph notice, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), was signed by the Administrative Secretary of INEC, Mr. Oladipo Oladapo.
The notice also stated that “the commission has fixed today for both parties to simultaneously commence inspection of all election materials for the Osun State governorship election.’’
According to the notice, the exercise would be at the Osogbo office of the commission.
“Both parties are by this notice, advised to attend the inspection unfailingly as the commission will release all the materials for inspection on the date stated,’’ the notice stated.
Alhaji Gani Ola-Oluwa, the PDP Chairman in Osun, said the party was ready to take part in the exercise.
He expressed confidence that more revelations from the election would come to the fore during the inspection.
The PDP chairman said it was ready to prove its case within the ambit of law that the election was not fair.The Secretary of the APC in the state, Mr. Gboyega Famodun, in a telephone in terview, said the party’s team was ready to take part in the inspection.
“The exercise is democratically-recognised and we are ready to protect the mandate freely given to us by the people of Osun,’’ Famodun said.
The APC scribe expressed optimism that the will of the people would be upheld.
The two parties had filed applications to the Election Petition Tribunal in Osogbo, seeking the leave of the court to have access to election materials.
Counsel to the PDP, Mr. Afolabi Fashanu (SAN), submitted an 18-paragraph application to the tribunal, seeking its leave to have access to the electoral materials in custody of INEC.
The APC, through its counsel, Mr. Kunle Adegoke, filed a similar application, asking the court to grant the party access to the electoral materials used by INEC during the governorship election.