The Presidential Elections Petition Court has asked the Labour Party to present proof that it served the Independent National Electoral Commission Resident Electoral Commissioners across the country summons to provide electoral documents.

The five-member panel said it was clear that the Labour Party never issued subpoenas on the resident electoral commissioners in the states where it is seeking documents, stating that the party did not explore Section 74 of the Electoral Act which stated that they must, on demand, provide documents within 14 days to the said party or pay a fine of 2 million naira or imprisonment, or both, for defaulters.

The court said it was clear that the party didn’t lodge a complaint on the delay of documents, and has also failed to apply the penalty clause as stipulated in section 74, adding that whatever happened between the Labour Party and INEC was without the involvement of the court.

The five-member panel of justices, led by Justice Haruna Tsammani adjourned today for the continuation of hearing in the petitions.

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