Election Petition: Using Video, Witness Corroborates Atiku’s Evidence on Existence of INEC Server, Non-Qualification of Buhari 




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The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, Monday played a video recording at the election petition tribunal where the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Akwa Ibom State, Mike Igini, admitted that the electoral body would transmit election results with the use of Smart Card Reader to the INEC central server.

Igini in the video played before the tribunal, spoke with Channels Television shortly before the election was conducted, assuring Nigerians that everything has been perfected to make the election transparent.

In the interview Igini, was showed giving details of how results would be collated from units to wards to local government and then the state, therein the results so collated would be transmitted to the INEC central server through the use of the smart card reader.

Atiku’s counsel, Chris Uche, SAN, had tendered 48 compact discs (CDs) and admitted by the tribunal as part of efforts to substantiate alleged rigging against the re-election of Muhammadu Buhari.

Uche, who led Atiku and PDP legal team at the proceedings at the Court of Appeal, tendered the 48 video recordings through Mr. Segun Showumi, one of the  media aides to the PDP presidential candidate.

During the play of one of the recordings, the INEC resident commissioner for Akwa Ibom state was emphatic when he told the Channels TV crew that the electoral body would surely use smart card to transmit election results to the INEC server.

In another video recording, played in the courtroom, INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu expressed optimism before the election that the Commission would use the electronic system during the conduct of the 2019 general elections.

In yet another video played and admitted by the Tribunal, the Nigerian Army through its spokesman, said at a media briefing that the attention of the Army had been drawn to a claim by Major General Muhammadu Buhari that he obtained the West African School Certificate (WAEC) in 1961.

The Army spokesman clarified in the video that the Army authorities have searched through the personal file of General Muhammadu Buhari and did not find the certificate in the file.

Meanwhile, Buhari through his counsel, Alex Izinyon had sought to play a counter-video recording tomorrow.

Earlier, the tribunal chairman, Justice Mohammed Garba had dismissed the objection by Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to tendering and playing of the said video recording before the tribunal on the ground that they were not frontloaded.

Justice Garba held that Buhari, APC and INEC are bound by the pre-hearing report they freely signed to the effect that documents to be tendered from the bar can only be opposed at the final address stage.

The tribunal chairman in the unanimous ruling also held that none of the four parties to the agreement can renege on any of the terms and, therefore, admitted the video clips as tendered by the two petitioners through their star.

Also, three witnesses Babagana Kukawa, Abana Pogu and Suleiman Mohamed Bulama from Borno and Yobe states had testified that voters in the two states were harassed, intimidated and threatened to either vote for APC or risk being ejected from their farmlands.

In his evidence, Bulama alleged that the APC used soldiers to molest, attack and injure some voters suspected to be sympathetic to PDP. He also alleged village and district heads were used to coerce the voters into voting for Buhari.

Hearing continues tomorrow (Tuesday).

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