An Assistant Presiding Officer (I) during the February 23, 2019,
presidential election, Mr. Adedokun Adeoye, on Monday failed to show the
Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, which provision of the
Independent National Electoral Commission’s manual authorised him to
transmit the results of the poll.
Adoye took the witness stand as
the petitioners’ fourth witness at the instance of the Peoples
Democratic Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Atiku
Abubakar, who are by their petition challenging the victory of President
Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress.
was earlier led by the petitioners’ lead counsel, Dr. Livy Uzoukwu
(SAN), to adopt his witness statement on oath as his evidence-in-chief,
was cross-examined by the respondents’ lawyers.
cross-examined by INEC’s lawyer, Yunus Usman (SAN), Adeoye insisted that
he transmitted the results of the election to INEC server after
Buhari’s lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN),
confronted the witness with the claim that it was the duty of the
Presiding Officer “to transmit the results in the necessary form to
INEC”, and not the APO I’s duty.
The witness insisted that it was APO I’s duty to transmit the results.
when shown the guidelines issued by INEC to point out where it was
stated as part of the duty of APO I to transmit results, Adoye could
point out the part.