Naija Buzz News on Monday published the outcome of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal (PEPT) where the petitioners called their witnesses.
We also published how the second witness, Mr. Peter Uzioma Obi, who severed as INEC’s Registration Area Technician, revealed that INEC trained him to transmit collated results electronically into a server.
And then the third witness, Mr. Adejuyitan Olalekan, who worked as a Presiding Officer for INEC, alleged that he personally transmitted the results collated at his polling unit using a code given to him by INEC.
Today we publish reports on the 4th, 5th, and 6th witnesses. Read it below;
Adedokun Adeoye, the fourth witness of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), at the PEPT, revealed that he transmitted election results to INEC server.
Adeoye said that he worked for INEC as an Assistant Presiding Officer (I) in the February 23 presidential election.
When confronted by President Muhammadu Buhari’s lawyer, Wole Olanikpekun (SAN), that it was solely the duty of the Presiding Officer to transmit results to INEC in the necessary form, he said it was the APC I’s duty.
Testimony of Atiku’s fifth witness
Mohammed Tata, the 5th witness of the petitioners at the PEPT, revealed that no election was held at his polling unit in Jigawa State.
According to him, he was forced to sign the result sheet.
Tata who was a PDP agent revealed that he signed the result sheet because he was threatened with expulsion from the N-Power Scheme. (an empowerment programme introduced by President Buhari’s administration under which beneficiaries earns N30,000 monthly).
Tata noted that all the 700 votes INEC said Buhari scored in his polling unit were fake.
“It did not score that because there was no election in that polling unit; it was written,” he said while responding to claim by APC that it scored 700 votes in the polling unit.
“All the people signed because they were asked to sign. They said they would remove me from N-Power if I did not sign.
“We signed the result sheet under duress because of harassment and intimidation.
“I don’t know if the agent of the APC signed because there were no elections in my polling unit sir.”
Speaking further, Tata denied suggestion by INEC’s lawyer that he was in court because he was aggrieved by the outcome of the election.
“Sir, my lord, I am a Muslim I believe in destiny,” he said.
“Whether the PDP or the APC wins is not my concern, what I need is justice in my country,” he added.
He however noted that he was not happy with what happened in the election because nothing was done to those who harassed and intimidated votes at his polling units despite reporting the issue to the Local Government office of INEC.
He further revealed that he was still benefiting from the N-Power programme while responding to President Buhari’s lawyer, Yusuf Ali (SAN).
Testimony of the sixth witness
Atiku’s 6th witness, Mustapha Bello, in his testimony alleged that voters were harassed and intimidated at his polling unit.
According to him, while 728 voters were accredited, the total votes cast were 784.
He said APC scored 511, while PDP scored 175. He noted that two other parties also had votes in his polling unit.
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the PDP Presidential Candidate, had vehemently rejected the result announced by INEC. The electoral umpire had declared Buhari winner of the February 23, 2019 presidential poll.
According to Atiku, he won the election by over 1.6million votes based on the results he obtained from INEC server.
INEC had however denied the existence of any server, saying that results were not collated nor transmitted electronically.
Atiku will be challenging results from 11 states apparently because of the limited time given to the petitioners to make their case. The 11 states are; Niger, Yobe, Katsina, Jigawa, Kebbi, Kano, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Kaduna and Zamfara.
Atiku and PDP lawyers had tenders results of the 11 states by local governments and other documents as exhibits.
Naija Buzz News will keep you updated on what clearly appears to be the greatest and most interesting Election Petition in the history of Nigeria.
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political writers. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.