Tinubu, APC Agents Halted Upload Of Results In Rivers, Atiku’s Witness Tells Court.

Yesterday, a witness for the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, testified before the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) in Abuja. This witness stated that individuals working for President Bola Tinubu and his political party, the All Prog

This occurred as the court accepted exhibits from eight additional states that were submitted by Peter Obi, the presidential candidate for the Labour Party (LP), in his effort to prove that rigging and other electoral malpractices were to blame for his defeat in the presidential election that took place on February 25.

According to Abiye Sekibo, who served as the PDP coordinator for the presidential election in Rivers State on February 25, Abiye Sekibo said that agents working for Tinubu and the APC prevented officials from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from using the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) machines to upload collated results from polling units across the state.
Atiku's seventh witness to testify in front of the five-member panel led by Haruna Tsammani stated that "agents of the second respondent (Tinubu) and third respondent (APC) ensured that INEC presiding officers did not upload results of the presidential election in Rivers." Sekibo is Atiku's seventh witness to testify.

Sekibo, a former minister of transportation, accused the agents of unleashing violence on voters and inhabitants of the area around voting units in the state during his evidence-in-chief. Atiku's attorney, Eyitayo Jegede, guided Sekibo through the process.

Based on him, "INEC couldn't upload results across the entire Rivers State" due of the violence that occurred during the election.

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During the course of the cross-examination that was conducted by Tinubu's attorney, Akin Olujinmi, Sekibo testified that he cast his vote at the polling unit that was allotted to him at Okrika Local Council.

When it was asked of Sekibo whether or not he knew the names of the agents who were allegedly responsible for the violence at the polls, he responded in the negative to the question.

In a same fashion, the attorney for the APC, Lateef Fagbemi, questioned Sekibo during his cross-examination as to how he was able to link the identities of the agents to Tinubu and the APC.

Responding, Sekibo stated that he witnessed the collation of results in 20 out of the more than 600 polling locations located around the state. He claimed that he deduced the agents' identities based on the violent behaviors that they took.

He testified in front of the judge and said, "We tried to get to Obio-Akpor Local Council but were stopped." There was bloodshed, and innocent people were losing their lives.

Atiku had directed witnesses to testify in front of the tribunal so that he could prove a case of electoral fraud and anomalies. This had been done with the assistance of his attorney.

The first witness was Sekibo, and then there were two more witnesses, including Mohammed Babaji, who is the chairman of the PDP in the Federal Capital Territory, and Abraham David, who is a resident of Kamajiji in the FCT.

Hearing was postponed to today by the court.

 

 


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