Peter Uzioma Obi, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s second witness at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT), has revealed that election results were transmitted electronically.
Mr. Obi said that he worked as Registration Area Technician at ward level in Rivers State in the February 23 Presidential Election.
According to him, it is wrong for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to say that there was no electronic transmission of results.
Obi testified just after Alhaji Buba Galadima, a former ally of President Muhammadu Buhari, was called to testify against Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Atiku and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), are challenging the emergence of President Buhari as the winner of the February 23, 2019 Presidential Poll.
The former Vice President alleges that he won the election according to the results he obtained from the central server of INEC.
INEC however denied Atiku’s claim, saying that election results were collated manually and not electronically. The electoral umpire added that it has no server, saying that Atiku was asking for what does not exist.
Atiku’s second witness, Obi, however noted that during the election, INEC trained him and others to transmit the results of the poll.
While responding to Yunus Usman (SAN), INEC’s lawyer, Obi noted that he was appointed by INEC to transmit results.
“You are not supposed to transmit results because you are not a presiding officer,” INEC’s lawyer Usman asked Obi.
Obi in his response said; “You are wrong sir. INEC trained us to transmit results. I was not a presiding officer. I was not a polling agent. I was a registration area technician appointed by INEC. I was trained by INEC.”
Responding further to President Buhari’s lawyer, Obi noted that there was a specific guideline on his role as a RATECH contained in a booklet issued by INEC.
“I was a RATECH in charge of the use of card reader,” he said.
Chief Wole Olanipekun further noted that there was no designation in INEC’s guidelines as Registration Area Technician.
Obi however noted that he functioned at ward level under the supervision of Local Government and State level Technicians. He further alleged that he wasn’t stationed in a polling unit, but he was being called upon whenever there was a problem in polling units around the area he was in-charge of.
Responding to questions from Mr. Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), APC lawyer, Atiku’s second witness noted that it was wrong to claim that it was solely the duty of a Presiding Officer to do accreditation, verification authentication and collation at Poling Units.
“You are not entirely correct sir, because we were told at the training that the Assistant Polling Officer 1, was in charge of accreditation,” Obi stated.
Speaking further he said; “I did not serve as APO1 and I did not serve as the Presiding Officer.”
“I have a letter to show that I was shortlisted,” he added in his reply to APC’s lawyer who suggested that he was apparently doing the duty of another officer.
Obi alleged that he visited 7 polling units to do his duties on the Election Day.
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