Tribunal: Atiku, PDP Shows Video Evidence to Prove Use of Server For Polls
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, yesterday, played a video recording before the Election Petition Tribunal to establish the allegation that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) used a central server during the February 23 polls.
The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has admitted as exhibits, 48 video compact discs (VCDs) tendered by Atiku Abubakar, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Buhari, INEC and APC counsel, in their submissions, had objected to the admissibility of the video evidence on the grounds that the documents were not front loaded, not part of the documents agreed and they were taken by surprise by the petitioners.
The five- man panel led by Justice Mohammed Garba in admitting the documents dismissed the objections raised by all the respondents on the grounds that the documents sought to be tendered were in line with the agreement reached by parties and adopted by the tribunal.
He stressed that no party can deviate from it or adopt a position that is in conflict or breach of the terms of the agreement.
In the first video, which were from a clip recorded from a television programme aired on a Lagos-based private station, Channels Television, INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner in Akwa Ibom State, Mike Igini, was quoted as saying that results from the units and wards will be collated from the Form EC8E after which they would be transferred to the card reader and “transmitted to the central server.”
However, under cross-examination by INEC, led by its lawyer, Unos Usman, Atiku’s witness admitted that Igini was not the official spokesman for the electoral agency.
The second video exhibit also showed INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmud Yakubu, expressing optimism before the election that the commission would use the electronic system during the conduct of the 2019 general election.
But when Buhari’s lawyer, Alex Izinyon (SAN), sought to play a counter-video recording, the petitioners objected, forcing Izinyon to ask for an adjournment to enable him to bring his own equipment for the purpose of cross examining the witness.
The hearing continues today.