Friday, 5 July 2019

PDP presents two different result sheets of Yobe LG at the Tribunal

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presented two results sheets for Nangere local government area of Yobe state at the presidential election tribunal on Thursday.

According TheCable, while presenting the documents, head of the five-man panel, Mohammed Garba, found that form EC8C of the local government result were two two instead of one.

Responding to the judge’s query over which of the result should be admitted, Livy Uzoukwu, counsel to the the PDP and Atiku Abubakar, the party’s presidential candidate in the 2019 election, told the tribunal that “we got the two documents from INEC. So we are tendering the two.”

The two result sheets were subsequently admitted by the tribunal as exhibits PYB 1101 and  PYB 1101A.

In their own argument, however, Yunus Usman, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN) representing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mike Igbokwe (SAN) representing President Muhamadu Buhari and Yakubu Maikyau (SAN), representing the All Progressive Congress (APC), objected to the tribunal’s acceptance of the documents.

Adamu Abubakar, an INEC returning officer in the Yobe south senatorial election, also said there were alterations during the collation of results for the senatorial election.

Abubakar, who monitored the election in Nangere, admitted this while being cross-examined by Paul Erokoro (SAN) who is counsel to the petitioner, Mohammed Hassan.

Hassan, senatorial candidate of the PDP had dragged Ibrahim Bomoi of the APC before the tribunal.

He had alleged in his petition that there were series of irregularities observed during the election and that on that ground Bomoi did not score the highest lawful votes cast.

According to Nangere, there were cancellation and alterations in some of the result sheets used for the election, and  some were torn and corrections effected.

He also admitted before the tribunal that a total of 12 alterations were made and that the changes were not countersigned.

“During our training, we were told to make amendment on issues that seem so confusing to us, I discarded some forms after receiving them,” he said.

“I had a training as a local government collation officer, I was familiarised with forms used for the election like EC8B, EC8C, I know a voter register as a voter, but as a collation officer, that was not part of my training.”

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