Plateau Election Tribunal: ‘INEC Didn’t Use Card Reader’ – Says Witness, As Agents Fail To Prove Over Voting Charge

The Oasis Reporters

July 9, 2019

Mike Ozekhome, SAN, lead counsel to the petitioners in a file photo, addressing the press
By Moses Gbande, Jos

A Witness in the ongoing Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal in Plateau State, Mr. Abok Nyam Azi on Tuesday alleged that the 2019 governorship elections at Angwan Wakiri polling unit in Jos North Local Government had recorded a high level of irregularities.

The witness who served as an agent of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in Angwan Wakiri polling unit with code number 035, told the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting at High court West of Mines, Jos, the Plateau State capital, that the election was conducted without the use of Card reader machine.

He said the accreditation had commenced successfully but along the line the card reader developed fault.

Adding that after the voting had ended and result was read, the figures entered, particularly that of APC was mutilated and inflated.

On cross examination as to why he went ahead to sign the result sheet, Mr. Abok told the tribunal that they complained but no action was taken by their superior, thereby compelling them to append their signatures.

Earlier, the tribunal after receiving another set of certified INEC documents from the petitioner’s counsel at the day’s proceedings, Edward Pwajok, the tribunal proceeded by taking several other PDP witnesses including Mr. Ayuba Luka Maigari who served as Agent at Sunday Bishmang, in Dutse Uku, Joseph Nandak Gambo of Sngwan Kere and Mubarak also known as (AAP ) of Ibrahim Katsina ward, all in Jos North Local Government Area.

Others are Sani Ado, a PDP agent at Kasuwan Dere Polling unit in Garba Daffo ward as well as Suleiman Farke who served at Garadima polling unit 021.

Our correspondent reports that all their complaints as indicated in their statements taken on oath before the tribunal hinged on over voting and unaccounted number of irregularities.However, during cross examination most of them were not able to defend their claims as contained in their statements.

It became glaring however that some of them might have given false depositions owing to their inability to substantiate the fact that there was actually over voting during the elections.

Meanwhile, the tribunal was forced to adjourn to Wednesday following the inability of the Petitioners Counsel, Benson Igbanoi (SAN) to call the remaining two witnesses earlier scheduled to take their witness box.

Benson Igbanoi who was holding brief for the lead counsel in the petition, Mike Ozekhome told the tribunal that he received communication that the remaining two witnesses billed to be called where involved in a ghastly motor accident on their way to the tribunal and pleaded that the matter be adjourned to Wednesday when they would be available to testify, and the adjournment was not opposed.

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