Presidential Poll: Over 18,088 Results INEC Uploaded Were Blurred — OBI’S Witness.

Eric Ofoedu, a professor of mathematics, testified yesterday in front of the Presidential Election Petition Court, PEPC, in the petition that Mr. Peter Obi, a candidate for the Labour Party, brought to overturn President Bola Tinubu's election victory.

In his testimony before the court, Professor Ofoedu stated that more than 18,088 of the result sheets that the Independent National Electoral Commission, also known as INEC, uploaded to its election result viewing platform, also known as IReV, in reference to the presidential contest that took place on February 25 were blurry.

The don testified as the fourth witness in the joint petition that Obi and his party submitted to challenge the results of the presidential election. He stated before the court that he was affiliated with the Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Awka, Anambra State.

During the time that he was analyzing the results of the election, he reported to the court that he discovered the electoral authority had posted data that was illegible on its website. He also mentioned that he had given a great deal of attention to the results of the poll in the states of Rivers and Benue.

All of the Respondents to the matter voiced their opposition to the witness's motion to submit some papers as evidence.

The Respondents, who simultaneously objected to the court's ability to include Professor Ofoedu's sworn statement as an exhibit in the case, stated that they would provide an explanation of the grounds for their concerns in the final written address they submitted.

In particular, the attorney for INEC, Mr. Abubakar Mahmood, SAN, stated in front of the court that he was given a copy of the witness's statement just a short time before the beginning of the proceeding. It was his contention that in light of the new information, he would no longer be in a position to adequately cross-examine the witness.

His plea for the petitioners to step down the evidence of the respondent was supported by counsel for President Tinubu and Vice President Kashim Shettima, Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, as well as that of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Prince Lateef Fagbemi, SAN. In addition, his proposal was backed by counsel for President Tinubu and Vice President Kashim Shettima.

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Despite the fact that the five-member panel chaired by Justice Haruna Tsammani did not permit the witness to give his evidence and submit the exhibits, the panel stated that it would rule on the respondents' objections before it would announce its verdict in the case.

The witness presented a number of documents as evidence in front of the court. These included a report of data analysis of the election, an investigation of INEC results viewing scores, and different data analyses of the results of the election in the states of Rivers and Benue. Among these documents was a separate data analysis of the results of the election in the state of Benue.

In spite of the fact that the court accepted the reports and designated them as exhibits PCG1–PVG3, the court also admitted into evidence blurred polling unit results from IReV in 18,088 polling units located across the federation. Due to the fact that all of the parties have come to an agreement, the judge has given permission for the replies to cross-examine the witness today.

In the meantime, as soon as Professor Ofoedu was released from the witness box, the petitioners called their fifth witness, PW-5, Lumnie Edevbie, who is a member of the Arise News Television team and was subpoenaed to provide a video exhibit. In addition, the petitioners called PW-5 as soon as Prof. Ofoedu was released from the witness box.

A video recording of a speech that INEC chairman Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu gave at Chatham's House in London on January 17 was included in the exhibit that was in the form of a flash drive.

INEC chairman Prof. Yakubu made a case for the use of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, BVAS, as well as the IRev for the conduct of the general elections in the video clip that was played in open court. He described these systems as the commission's biggest archive and repository of results of the elections. Even though the respondents raised objections about whether or not the material should be considered admissible, the court went ahead and included it as one of the exhibits in the petition.

In spite of the fact that it postponed further hearing on the petition until today, the court stated that it would also make a decision on the objections before it made its final conclusion. Obi, who asserts that he was victorious in the presidential election, is petitioning the court to, among other things, overturn Tinubu's victory and revoke the Certificate of Return that was awarded to him by INEC.

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