Reconfiguration Of BVAS: Court To Give Judgement On Peter Obi, INEC’s Case On Wednesday

By Damilare Adeleye

An Appeal Court sitting in Abuja has fixed Wednesday, 8th March to deliver its ruling on reconfiguration of Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, BVAS, for the upcoming governorship and House Of Assemblies elections.

The court would, on Wednesday, consider the merit in the application filed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) where it requested to be allowed to reconfigure the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, BVAS, used for the just concluded presidential election.

The Nigerian Voice understands that a three-member panel of the appellate court while ruling today, adjourned to rule on the INEC’s application.

The adjournment also followed as the Labour Party, LP, and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, instituted a fresh application seeking to be allowed to conduct a physical inspection of all the BVAS that was used for the presidential poll.

Obi and LP, through their team of lawyers led by Dr Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN, said the essence of the application was to enable them to extract data embedded in the BVAS, “which represent the actual results from Polling Units”.

They equally applied to obtain the Certified True Copy, CTC, of all the data in the BVAS.

“My lords, this is to ensure that the evidence is preserved before the BVAS are reconfigured by INEC. This is because if they are wiped out, it will affect the substance of the case”, Ikpeazu, SAN, added.

However, INEC, through its team of lawyers comprising of four Senior Advocates of Nigeria, SAN, led by Mr Tanimu Inuwa, urged the court to refuse the application.

INEC insisted that granting the request by Obi and LP would affect its preparations for the impending Governorship and National Assembly elections.

It told the court that there are about 176, 000 BVAS that were deployed to polling units during the presidential election.

“Each polling unit has its own particular BVAS machine which we need to configure for the forthcoming elections.

“It will be very difficult for us, within the period, to reconfigure the 176, 000 BVAS.

“We have already stated in our affidavit that no information in the BVAS will be lost as we will transfer all the data in the BVAS to our backend server

“We need the BVAS configured. So, granting this application will be a clog in the process and may delay the conduct of the elections”, INEC’s lawyer, Inuwa, SAN, pleaded.

Having listened to the parties, Justice Joseph Ikyegh led panel adjourned ruling on the matter till Wednesday.