- Forty-eight compact discs evidence tendered by the People Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has been described as lacking in probative value
- The description was made by the Independent National Electoral Commission at the presidential election petitions tribunal on Monday, July 15
- Four video clips were played at the presidential election petitions tribunal hall by the PDP
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday, July 15, described the 48 compact discs evidence tendered by the People Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, as lacking in probative value.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that four of the video clips played at the presidential election petitions tribunal hall includes “count down of Osun decides’’, a production of Channels Television with Seun Akinboloye as host.
Legit.ng gathers that in the above production dated February 8, Mike Igini, resident electoral commissioner for Akwa Ibom had talked about the readiness of the electoral body to transmit the February 23 general election electronically.
The second video was a clip of the postponement of the general elections by INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu.
The third video was a clip of AFEX Nigeria training of INEC ad-hoc staff on electronic result transmission.
Similarly, the briefing by the Nigerian Army authority on the status of President Muhammadu Buhari’s alleged certificate saga completed the four materials shown in court.
Chris Uche (SAN), counsel for the petitioners had led Segun Showunmi, Spokesman for the Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation to tender the materials before the five-man panel of justices.
During his cross-examination by Yunus Usman (SAN), counsel for INEC, Showunmi agreed that the resident electoral commissioner for Akwa Ibom was not a spokesman for the commission.
Usman also made the witness to confirm that the chairman of the electoral body only expressed the hope of the commission to transmit results of the general election electronically, but that it was actually done.
He was of the view that the video clips front-loaded by the witness had nothing to do with the February 23 general elections.
Showunmi attested to Usman’s question by saying that the four clips were events that preceded the election.
The other clip was on the president’s certificate controversy as the army confirmed that Buhari had West African Examination Certificate with credits in English Language, History, Geography and a pass in English Literature.
Meanwhile, Dr Alex Izinyon, SAN, counsel for Buhari had tendered a video clip dated February 6 where chairman of the commission hinged the possible transmission of the election electronically to the signing of a new Electoral Act.
Drama however ensued as the petitioners’ legal team refused to allow their system to be used to play the CD.
In the circumstance, Izinyon filed an oral application for adjournment to allow his team bring their system and screen to continue with the cross examination of the witness.
Justice Mohammed Garba, went ahead to adjourn the proceedings until July 16 for continuation.
Legit.ng previously reported that a witness called by the petitioners before the presidential election petition tribunal admitted that himself and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) paid N10,000 to some soldiers during the last general elections.
Suleiman Mohammed Bulama, who said he acted as the PDP’s ward collation agent in Jika local government, gave the information about payment in his written statement, which he admitted on Monday, July 15, before the tribunal.
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