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PDP presents 4 additional witnesses in Court

Parties to the PDP. Photo: Ifeoma Nwovu/Radio Nigeria

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has fielded four more witnesses before the Presidential Election Petitions Court sitting in Abuja, with two of them admitting that the party’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, did not score 25% of votes in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The witnesses also told the court that results of the February 25 Presidential election, which emanated from polling units, were fraudulently altered against Alhaji Atiku and PDP after their representatives had fled Collation Centres due to safety concerns.

They said if President Bola Tinubu, who allegedly did not score 25% of votes in the FCT as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) could be sworn in, then Alhaji Atiku should in fact have been inaugurated President, having scored majority of lawful votes cast in the entire election.

The 7th witness was Abiye Sekibo, who served as Rivers state collation agent for the PDP presidential election; the Chairman of PDP in the FCT, Mohammed Babaji Madaki, announced himself as the 8th witness; the FCT State Collation agent, Abraham David, was the 9th witness; while the 10th was Ibrahim Mohammed Hamza, another Collation Agent for Nasarawa state who said he signed result sheets under duress.

They were all cross-examined by the respondents.

From May 30, when the Court commenced hearing, to June 3, the PDP had presented six state collation agents as witnesses before the court, making it a total of 10 out of the 100 witnesses it had indicated it would present.

Reporting by Ifeoma Nwovu; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade and Tony Okerafor