Two result sheets said to be for the February 23, 2019 presidential election in Nangere Local Government Area of Yobe State emerged at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal on Thursday.
Report has it that, while the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, were tendering the certified true copies of result sheets as exhibits at the Thursday’s proceedings. The result sheets were certified and released to the petitioners by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
According to report, while tendering the result sheets for Nangere Local Government Area of Yobe State, Justice Mohammed Garba, who presides over the five-man panel, observed that Form EC8C, the local government result sheet which ought to be one turned to be two.
Golden News Now gathers that the counsel to the opposition party and its candidate in the 2019 presidential election, Livy Uzoukwu, while responding to the judge’s query over which of the results should be admitted, informed the tribunal that “we got the two documents from INEC. So we are tendering the two.” The tribunal subsequently admitted the two result sheets as exhibits PYB 1101 and PYB 1101A. However, counsel for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Yunus Usman (SAN), counsel for the All Progressive Congress (APC), Yakubu Maikyau (SAN) and counsel for President Muhammadu Buhari, Mike Igbokwe (SAN), in their own argument, objected over the acceptance of the documents by the tribunal. An INEC returning officer in the Yobe south senatorial election, Adamu Abubakar, also stated that there were alterations while the results were being collated for the senatorial election.
Furthermore, the INEC officer said there were cancellation and alterations in some of the result sheets used for the election, and some were torn and corrections effected.
He also admitted before the tribunal that a total of 12 alterations were made and that the changes were not countersigned. He said: During our training, we were told to make amendment on issues that seem so confusing to us, I discarded some forms after receiving them. “I had a training as a local government collation officer, I was familiarized with forms used for the election like EC8B, EC8C. I know a voter register as a voter; but as a collation officer, that was not part of my training.
The respondents’ lawyers, comprising Yunus Usman (SAN) for INEC, Mike Igbokwe (SAN) for Buhari and Yakubu Maikyau (SAN) for APC, objected to the admissibility of the documents tendered by the petitioners. They are to give the reasons for their objection at the end of the trial.