Witnesses known as by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, in his petition towards the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday gave proof to help their allegations that the February 23 presidential election was rigged in Kaduna and Borno States in favour of the incumbent.
The witnesses alleged that brokers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) connived with the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) officers to falsify figures, largely on the native authorities and state ranges.
Based on the witnesses, unsuitable scores have been fraudulently credited by INEC officers to Buhari and APC, whereas scores of PDP and Atiku have been deducted in some locations.
Additionally they advised the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal listening to Atiku’s petition that thugs of the APC in connivance with safety brokers chased brokers of the petitioners away for INEC to hold out the alleged manipulation of the outcomes.
They stated in some situations the place outcomes submitted from the polling models and wards didn’t tally, the returning officer needed to ask them to return and proper it, resulting in numerous mutilation and cancellation in many of the outcomes sheets.
A few of the witnesses stated that whereas the safety officers had ignored the complaints concerning the anomalies surrounding the conduct of the election, INEC officers advised them to take their complaints and no matter grievances they must the election tribunal.
Based mostly on the above, the witnesses stated they refused to signal copies of the outcomes sheets, aside from Jafaru Ibrahim, who stated he signed to “prove that he witnessed the anomalies.”
Ibrahim, who claimed to be an agent of the petitioners on the native authorities stage in Kaduna State, alleged that regardless of restriction on motion and the presence of safety operatives, there have been giant actions of individuals in buses from one location to a different to vote for the APC.
Ibrahim stated at some extent, they needed to chase a number of the imported voters from some areas in Zaria space of Kaduna State.
He advised the tribunal that he witnessed an occasion of vote switching on the native authorities collation centre.
One other witness from Kaduna State, Main Yahaya Sikko, earlier in his proof, had advised the tribunal that unsuitable figures have been accredited to Buhari and APC making him to refuse to signal the outcome sheet as required by regulation.
He advised the tribunal that the abnormalities affected the outcomes launched by the electoral umpire.
The witness stated in his presence outcomes have been doctored by APC brokers with the total backing of safety personnel.
One other witness from Kaduna, AbdulRaman Usman, who corroborated the claims of over voting and allocation of outcomes to events in Kaduna State, stated he couldn’t signal Type EC8A as a result of the shape was not made accessible to the brokers of the petitioners as required by regulation.
In his personal proof, the Borno State Collation Officer, Nicholas Msheila, stated he rejected most leads to the 27 native authorities areas within the state as a result of they have been fraudulent.
Although the witness stated the outcomes declared by INEC exceeded the variety of accredited voters, he couldn’t give the determine of the accredited voters.
Msheila advised the five-member tribunal that in all the outcomes tendered within the state, there was proof of mistake.
“The state collation officer would ask them to go back and reconcile results before returning,” he added.
Additionally testifying, Adams Ali Sanni admitted that he didn’t signal outcomes sheets as brokers of the petitioners as a result of outcomes have been altered in his presence whereas votes solid for Atiku and PDP have been lowered additionally in his presence.
He alleged that aside from illegal cancellation of outcomes, PDP brokers have been chased away by thugs of the APC to permit free falsification of leads to favour of Buhari.
A witness from Bauchi State, Yau Yusuf, in testifying to say of rigging, harassment and intimidation of voters, stated election outcomes have been torn by a specific agent of the APC within the presence of INEC officers at INEC headquarters in Dass Native Authorities Space, but nothing was accomplished.
He added that the outcomes introduced by INEC have been a reproduced copy whereas the police took the torn copy with a promise to prosecute the perpetrator.
All of the witnesses from Borno acknowledged that the outcomes declared by INEC in Borno State couldn’t have been true due to the difficulty of insurgency and bomb blast that prevented many individuals from casting their votes.
On the finish of cross-examination of the 28 witnesses known as by the petitioners yesterday, the presiding justice of the five-member panel, Justice Mohammed Garba, adjourned until at this time for additional listening to.