Witnesses called by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) , Atiku Abubakar on Thursday told the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal how election results were doctored in the favour of President Muhammadu Buhari and All Progressives Congress (APC) in the February 23, 2019 presidential election in Kaduna state.
One of the witnesses, Yahaya Shiko, a retired Major who served as the agent for the PDP in Kaduna south local government said the election in his area was marred by over-voting and fraudulent allocation of figures to parties.
Shiko during cross examination by the counsel of the APC ,Charles Edosomwan (SAN), said the results were doctored in his presence.
He said, “My statement was based on the reports I received from the polling unit agents and what I saw on the result sheets which were forwarded to the Local Government collation centre.
“There were cases of overvoting, and allocation of figures.
“These were what were carried to the Local Government collation centre.
“In my presence, the results were doctored.”
He said he protested against the act by refusing to sign the results.
“At the collation centre, I made complaints when the results were announced and I protested by refusing to append my signature to the result sheets” he said.
Another witness, Mr. John Makama who testified before the Tribunal said he was the PDP collation agent in Sanga Local Government of Kaduna state and election results in the strongholds of the PDP were cancelled by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) collation officer in the local government.
He said, “It is an aberration that results from wards and polling units were cancelled.
“The election held at the polling units, but the cancellations happened at the local government collation centre.
“The results from the petitioners’ stronghold were illegally cancelled.
“It is an open fact that political parties have stronghold where they are dominant.”