The Presidential Tribunal opened today as the PDP, Atiku/Obi’s counsel tendered the remaining evidence from Kano State.
The factional National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole made his first appearance today at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.
Comrade Oshiomhole who has been absent in previous sessions appeared on behalf of his Party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Another factional National Chairman of the APC, Alhaji Buba Galadima testified today in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party and it’s Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is also present at the tribunal.
Alhaji Galadima during his testimony said that he has been a close associate of the Presidential Candidate of the APC, Muhammadu Buhari In 2003, 2007, 2011 up till 2015, That he fell out with him before he was not giving the Nation good Governance. He said that the APC failed in most of the promises they made to Nigerians before the 2015 General Elections,he further revealed that he has been involved in promoting good governance in Nigeria since 1966.
The PDP and Atiku/Obi also presented evidence from Zamfara state in addition to other evidences from other states.
The INEC Registration Technical Officer, Obi Peter Ijeoma testified to the court that he was involved in transmitting results to the server as instructed by INEC.
He had signed an affidavit in support of PDP and Atiku/Obi in court, he was the supervisor of the Ward collation center during the February 23, 2019 Presidential Election and he was supervised by the LGA collation Officer.
He was asked by the Buhari lead counsel, Wole Olanipekun, if he has seen the INEC guidelines but he replied that he is aware of the guidelines given to them by INEC concerning their duty as Technical Officer.
He was asked by the APC counsel if he was employed by INEC for such job and he answered and provided a letter from INEC certifying his employment as INEC Tech Officer for the Presidential election.
However, Justice Bala Aboki seems uncomfortable and making gestures that suggest he is trying to intimidate witnesses during cross examination.
Dr. Livy Uzoukwu called witness number two on his star witness list: Ebenezer Olanikan, another INEC tech officer who transmitted results to INEC server.
He was asked by INEC counsel what the name and number of INEC server in which he transmitted results to, but he answered that the server is attached to the Card reader and that they were trained to only transmit results to the server.
First of all, the INEC counsel tried to confused the witness by asking him if this is the first time he is entering the premises of the court of appeal and he said no.
Buhari counsel Olanipekun asked if he has seen the INEC guidelines and he said yes.
He was again asked by Olanipekun if the guidelines says that if the card reader does not work that INEC requested that they should allow voters to vote manually and he said no.
Wole Olanipekun tried to confused him again by changing the question on Manuel voting and the witness said Manual voting was not allowed during the Presidential election.
He was asked if he transmitted the results to server himself or someone did it for him but he answered that he did it himself. That he transmitted the results of the Presidential Election to the INEC server via a code provided to them by INEC.
He was asked by Olanipekun on the particulars of the INEC server and he said the server is connected to the smart card reader and that he transmitted the results to the server as ordered by INEC.
Turn of the APC counsel. He asked the witness to look at paragraph eight of his signed affidavit and asked him to read it out.
The witness read the statement saying that the results were collated by him and transmitted to the server via a code provided to them by the INEC.
APC counsel asked if the results can be transmitted without the code he said yes. And the APC counsel asked him if the code is attached to his witness statement and he said no but that he has the code in his mobile phone.
He was asked if the voting went well in his polling unit and he said yes,
He was asked again if the voters were properly accredited and verified and he said yes
And the witness was asked to step aside.
The PDP and Atiku/Obi lead counsel continued with tendering of documents.
Tendered form CF 001 of the second Respondent, Muhammadu Bubari.
INEC Form CF 001 is the form filled by President Muhammadu Bubari, Candidate of the APC before the February 23, 2019 Presidential Election.
The form contained evidence of the information and credentials presented by President Buhari to INEC certifying his Eligibility in the election.
Recall that PDP and Atiku/Obi’s Petition on Ground 4 and 5, shows a clear case of perjury.
President Buhari had deposed to an affidavit, lying on oath on schools he attended and investigation has shown that those schools were not in existence as of the time of President Buhari’s claim.
Dr. Livy presented a receipt of payment certification for the documents tendered (Form CF001) dated 18th of March 2019 and a letter from INEC Officer also in respect of the same exhibit.
The receipt and letter were both admitted by the court in evidence but rejected by all the respondents including INEC that provided the documents.
Dr. Livy presented another evidence from INEC, form EC 18. This form was not rejected by counsel to the respondents and it was admitted in court as exhibits.
He also presented copies of press releases, 10 in number showing clear evidence of INEC position on electronic transmission of results.
This press documents were admitted in court as evidence and the receipt from INEC with an acknowledgement letter in support of the said documents.
All the documents were rejected by the respondents.
Dr. Livy Uzoukwu of the PDP and Atiku/Obi presented three documents.
1. Total number of registered voters and total number of collected PVCs of the 2019 General Elections.
2. Receipt of payments in respect of the said documents dated 24th March 2019
3. Letter of acknowledgment from INEC in respect of the same documents dated 25th March 2019.
These documents were again rejected by all the counsel to the respondents, including INEC that provided the documents.
The documents were however admitted by the court in evidence.
Dr. Livy tendered 6 additional newspaper publications from daily trust, tribune, vanguard, Thisday, Sunday Tribune and Vanguard of March 26th 2019, all duly certified by national library with receipt dated 8th of April 2019.
These documents were not objected by INEC counsel. Same with Buhari and APC counsel.
The documents were admitted by the court in evidence
Unusual body language of Justice Bala Aboki, Justice Bala Aboki during the period of today’s session, will from time to time whisper, touch and try to distract the attention of the lead justice, Justice Mohammed Garba, more update about the tribunal to come soon.