As Nigerians continue to set their gaze on the Judiciary, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday called additional four witnesses to prove their case in their joint petition challenging the declaration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the winner of the February 25 presidential election.
The four witnesses who testified before the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) sitting in Abuja all alleged that figures were unlawfully allotted to the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Atiku Abubakar and his party joined INEC, Tinubu, and the APC as respondents in their petition where-in they alleged gross violation of the Constitution, Electoral Act, and INEC’s guidelines for the conduct of the election that produced Tinubu as winner.
The 7th witness, Dr. Abiye Sekibo, while adopting his statement on oath told the court that he transversed 20 polling units in Rivers state despite the disturbances during the election, even though he did not mention the names of the alleged perpetrators of the crisis in his statement on oath.
Mohammed Madaki, the FCT chairman of the PDP and the 8th witness called by the petitioners, who was led on evidence by Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), counsel to the Atiku and the PDP identified Exhibit EC37, the detailed election results from the FCT, which was tendered before the court.
Under cross-examination by counsel to INEC, Abdullahi Aliyu (SAN), the witness said, it was not the pictures of the results from polling units captured by the Biomodal Voters Accreditation System (BVAS) that were posted to INEC’s I-Rev because the uploading did not take place at the polling units owing to the failure of the BVAS machines.