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Published On: Fri, Jul 12th, 2019

Presidential Tribunal: Wrong figures were accredited to Buhari -Witness

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By Vivian Okejeme, Abuja

A witness, Major Yahaya Sikko, yesterday, told the Presidential Election Tribunal sitting in Abuja, that wrong figures were accredited to President Muhammad Buhari and All Progressive Congress in the 2019 Poll, in Kaduna State.
Adopting his statement on oath, as his evidence in chief, the witness maintained that in his presence results were doctored by APC agent’s with full backing of security personnel.
Sikko told the tribunal that the alleged election malpractices, made him to refuse to sign the result sheet as required by law.
Under cross examination, by Wole Olanipekun SAN, the witness said that he protested against the wrong doings at the collation centre but was ignored but however admitted that accreditation was done by smart card reader.
The seven witnesses called at the instance of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar yesterday testified against the return of President Buhari by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC as winner of the February 23 presidential election.
Specifically, seven witnesses who testified yesterday, against the emergence of Buhari as the winner of the 2019 Presidential poll, insisted that the election was poorly conducted in North with massive cancellation and mutilation of election results in favour of the All Progressives Congress.
The witnesses testified that in Kaduna and Borno States wrong scores were fraudulently credited by INEC officials to Buhari and APC prompting some of them to refuse to sign the result sheets at the polling units, wards, Local Government and State levels.
According to testifiers, movement restriction order on the election day was not obeyed as people were transported from one place to another unchallenged to vote for the APC.
They informed the five-man panel led by Justice Mohammed Garba that all their protest and complains lodged with security agents were ignored, making them to realise that the security agents have been compromised.
The witnesses are Major Yahaya Sikko, Jafari Abas Ibrahim, Dr abdulRaman Usman, Nicholas Msheila, John Makama, Khalid Yelwa Kugo and Adam Ali Sanni.
In his own evidence, Jafaru Abas Ibrahim, a senior lawyer informed the tribunal that strange people were transported to certain areas were they cast votes for APC inspite of the presence of security personnel.
The witness said that results were not correctly transmitted to form EC8C.
Answering a question from Buhari’s counsel, Ibrahim admitted that he signed the result sheets but that his signature cannot authenticate the election malpractices.
He further said that he made complains to INEC Returning Officer but nothing was done to correct the anomaly especially the reduction of votes of the petitioners.
Dr abdulRaman Usman in his own testimony alleged that form EC8A were not made available to agents of the petitioners as required by law and thereby making him not to sign form EC8C being the result for Kaduna North Local Government because of his objection to the wrongful enteries made for the APC.
Nicholas Msheila, the Borno State collation Officer for the petitioners informed the tribunal that he rejected most results in the 27 Local Government Areas in the state because they were fraudulent.
Also testifying, Adams Ali Sanni also admitted that he did not sign results sheets as agents of the petitioners because results were altered in his presence while votes cast for Atiku and PDP were reduced also in his presence.
Sanni told the tribunal that apart from unlawful cancellation of results, PDP agents were chased away by thugs of the APC to allow free falsification of results in favour of Buhari.
Another witness from Bauchi State, Yau Yusuf, in attesting to claim of rigging, harassment and intimidation of voters, said election results was torn by a particular agent of the APC in the presence of INEC officials at INEC headquarters and yet nothing was done.
Meantime, 28 witness have been called up by Atiku and PDP.

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