- President Buhari denied PDP and Atiku's allegation that he awarded contract for the production of PVCs to an APC member
- Buhari also said the contract was awarded in 2011 and not 2019 as claimed by Atiku and his party
- The president also denied having blood relationship with the National Collation Officer of INEC, Amina Zakari
President Muhammadu Buhari has denied allegations of awarding contract for the production of election materials for the February 23, 2019, presidential election to a member of the APC.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in one of the grounds of their petition to the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal claimed President Buhari awarded the contract for the printing of Permanent Voters Card (PVCs) to a company known as Activate Technology Limited, owned by Alhaji Mohammed Musa, a senatorial candidate of the APC in Niger state.
However, replying through his team of lawyers led by Wole Olanipekun (SAN), the president stated that Alhaji Mohammed was not a member of the APC, adding that no contract was awarded to him, and that, “Activate Technologies Limited referred to in paragraph 356 of the petition is not the same person as Alhaji Mohammed Musa.”
The president further submitted that the company was awarded the contract in 2011 and not in the “run-up to the presidential election of 23 February, 2019” as wrongly alleged by the petitioners.
“The production of voters’ cards by Activate Technologies Ltd. could not and did not affect the election of 23rd February, 2019, in any manner, as voters cards are produced according to the number and data of registered voters, and only one voters’ card is issued to a single registered voter upon confirmation of the identity of the voter,” he stated.
The president also said that contrary to claims by the PDP, he had no blood relationship with the National Collation Officer of INEC, Amina Zakari.
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Meanwhile, an APC witness in the on-going presidential election petition tribunal has claimed Atiku lied by claiming that he is a Nigerian by birth.
The witness who claimed to be a close friend of Atiku’s late father alleged that neither of Atiku’s parents was a Nigerian.
Legit.ng gathered that the unnamed family friend of Garba, Atiku’s late father, in a fresh document filed by the APC before the presidential election petition tribunal, sitting in Abuja, also gave details of Atiku’s early years and how his father died.
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