The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal on Monday admitted the final
result declared by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in
the Feb.23 general election as an exhibit.

Dr Livy Uzoukwu,
SAN, Counsel for the petitioners tendered the document before Justice
Mohammed Garba-led five-man panel as part of his clients’ moves to prove
allegations of election malpractice leveled against the conduct of the
election.

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Also admitted in evidence, was a document containing bio-data of president Muhammadu Buahri submitted to the electoral body.

The
chairman of the tribunal also admitted a document containing the total
number of registered voters and collected Permanent Voters Cards used in
the election.

The receipt of payment dated March 24 and
acknowledgment letter issued by the Director of Legal Services of the
commission in respect of the above document were also admitted as
evidence.

Igbere TV reports that a total of six national
dailies were tendered by the petitioners and admitted as evidence by the
tribunal.

The national dailies were listed to include: Daily
Trust (Feb.8, 2019); Vanguard (Feb.19, 2019); Nigerian Tribune (Feb.20,
2019) THISDAY (Feb.24, 2019); and Sunday Tribune (Feb.24, 2019); as
well as Vanguard dated March 26, 2019.

The receipt obtained from the National Library in respect of the certified newspapers was also admitted in evidence.

Meanwhile,
another set of result sheets from Zamfara and Kano totaling 6,806 were
admitted as additional evidence from the petitioners.

The
petitioners on July 4 tendered a total of 31, 371 documents comprising
election results sheets from wards, polling units and Local Government
Areas from 10 states.

The states were Niger; Yobe; Katsina; Kebbi; Borno; Jigawa; Gombe; Bauchi; and Kaduna.

Similarly,
Alhaji Buba Galadima, a petitoners’ witness in his evidence in chief,
told the tribunal that he was the National Chairman of the Reformed All
Progressive Congress (APC).

He also said his party had a Memorandum of Understanding with the PDP to elect a credible person as president of the country.

In
his testimony, Galadima said he voted in his polling unit and
thereafter went to monitor the election across the country from the PDP
situation room in Abuja.

He said the election was marred by malpractices to favour the second respondent.

He
also said Buhari was obliged to make public his West African
Examination Council result, adding that he (Buhari) failed to annex the
document on his nomination form.

Galadima explained that he
was close associate of the second respondent (Buhari) and had supported
his presidential election in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015 without
reservations.

Galadima, however explained that he backed up from supporting him when issues around his qualification were raised.

“I wanted to support an educated candidate who can provide good governance for the country,’’, he said.

Mr
Ijeoma Obi, a Registered Area Technician employed by INEC, also invited
by the petitioners to testify, said he was employed by INEC to monitor
the card readers in some polling units with a view to transmitting
results to the commission’s server.

Obi explained that results from all the polling units he was deplored were sent to the server.

When
crossed examined however, Obi failed to substantiate his claims by
failing to give the code number used in sending the results to the
acclaimed server.

Similarly, Adejuyitan Olanikan, another
acclaimed Registered Area Technician employed by INEC said results were
transmitted to the commission’s server but also failed to state how that
was done.

Igbere TV reports that the petitioners have 400 witnesses to testify within 10 days.

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