Listening to resumed earlier than the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja yesterday, with a collation agent, Mr. Bukar Petrol, narrating how the Civilian Joint Job Pressure, JTF, allegedly rigged election in favour of President Muhammadu Buhari in Borno State.
Petrol informed the Justice Mohammed Garba-led five-man panel tribunal that members of the JTF high-jacked the electoral course of and allotted votes to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, after Boko Haram insurgents dispersed voters with 5 bomb assaults.
He testified because the 27th witness of the Peoples Democratic Occasion, PDP, and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, who’re difficult the declaration of President Buhari as winner of the presidential contest that occurred on February 23.
In line with the witness who mentioned he served as native authorities collation officer for the PDP, owing to “peculiar security situation in Borno State” occasioned by incessant Boko Haram assaults, all of the polling items in Tambuwal LGA the place he served, have been located on the similar location.
He mentioned: “Nearly the whole lot was executed in a single specific place which is the headquarters of the LGA. There have been 10 Wards and 100 polling items due to Boko Haram. It’s an unlucky state of affairs now we have within the LGA with Sambisa forest by our left and Chibok by our proper.
“You can’t entry any level with out safety escort. What I’m saying could be confirmed by safety companies. Voting began late due to deliberate motion of the electoral officers. Distribution of delicate and non-sensitive supplies didn’t begin till 8:30am.
“Voting started at exactly 10:03am. I monitored to make sure materials were distributed at the various polling units.”
‘B-Haram struck on polling day’
He informed the tribunal that Boko Haram struck on election day. Narrating how the alleged rigging occurred, the witness mentioned: “After the explosion, the civilian JTF took over proceedings. They didn’t enable me to carry out my process as a result of I used to be imagined to work with different brokers.
“They took over the whole lot from the INEC officers and exploited the state of affairs to rig election for the APC. I reported the incident to the Divisional Police Station, the Army Intelligence, the Prison Investigation Bureau, Head of Mopol and to the pinnacle of the Nationwide Orientation Company.
“Though the report to my party was in writing, my report to the five agencies was verbal because I went to meet them at the collation centre and reported to them.”
Petrol’s testimony tallied with that of a witness that gave proof earlier than him, Adam Amsani, who informed the tribunal that he refused to signal a mutilated end result (sheet) that was handed to him after the presidential ballot.
I refused to signal mutilated end result — Witness
Amsani, who testified because the PW-26, mentioned he additionally served as a collation agent for the PDP, including that he couldn’t signal the end result as a result of it was altered within the kind EC8A that was handed to him. In addition to, the witness alleged earlier than the tribunal that brokers of the PDP have been despatched out of the collation level by safety personnel together with APC brokers.
Alleging that the mutilation of end result was executed by the State Collation Officer, he mentioned: “I was there when the mutilation took place and I even protested. I refused to collect and sign the result at the local government because the alteration happened in front of me.”