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Atiku’s witness can’t remember date of presidential election

Atiku to challenge Kano, Kebbi and nine other states’ results


The 13th petitioners’ witness, Audu Sani, told the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, on Tuesday that he could not remember the date of the last presidential election.

Sani, who was the Peoples Democratic Party’s collation agent in Lapai Local Government Area of Niger State for the presidential election, had alleged that there were incessant incidents of thuggery and sporadic shootings in many parts of the area, preventing and disrupting voting.

The witness appeared before the five-man panel led by Justice Garba Usman, to testify at the instance of the PDP, and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, who are challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari at the February 23 poll.

He said, under cross-examination, that he submitted the results he collated in his local government to the state collation agent of his party.

Asked by the All Progressives Congress’ lawyer, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), when he submitted the results, he said he did on “the 26th”.

Asked which month, he said “April 26”.

Asked when did the election hold he said “23rd”.

When asked to mention the month, he said, “I cannot remember.”

Meanwhile Indication emerged on Monday that the petitioners might limit their challenge of the outcome of the polls to 11 states.

The petitioners tendered the last set of result sheets for the states on Monday.

The states are: Niger, Yobe, Katsina, Jigawa, Kebbi, Kano, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Kaduna and Zamfara.

The petitioners tendered through their lead counsel, the result sheets for Zamfara State, those for the four remaining local governments of Kano, having tendered those for the rest of the local governments of the state on Friday.

They had tendered the result sheets for the nine other states last week.

They also tendered among other exhibits, newspapers certified by the National Library on April 8, 2019.

They also tendered a document certified by INEC containing the total number of registered voters and collected Permanent Voter Cards for the 2019 general elections.

They tendered Form EC8E dated February 27, 2019, which is the final results of the February 23 presidential election as declared by INEC.

They also tendered 10 press releases by INEC and which were certified by the commission.

The proceedings continue on Tuesday.

The respondents objected to the admissibility of almost all the documents as exhibits but would only give their reasons for their objection at the final address stage.

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