Presidential tribunal: PDP witnesses allege electoral misconduct


Abiye Sekibo, the PDP’s coordinator for the presidential election in Rivers State, highlighted a violation of the Electoral Act 2022’s rules for the use of electronic results transmission on Monday.

Sekibo testified in support of the PDP’s suit challenging Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress as the winner of the February 25 election at the Presidential Election suit Court.

During cross-examination by Tinubu’s attorney, Akin Olujimi SAN, the witness admitted to the court that the Bimodal Voters Accreditation System had not recorded the results from polling places throughout the state.

He said, “All the polling units I went to…they could not upload the results.”

He however admitted that his candidate did not poll up to 25 per cent of votes in the Federal Capital Territory.

In the same development, the Nassarawa state collation officer for the party, Ibrahim Hamza alleged electoral malpractice in the elections.

Hamza made the allegation during his cross-examination at the court where he testified in aid of his deposition at the court challenging the return of Tinubu.

He told the court that he signed the presidential results for the state under duress.

Besides, he alleged that the electoral commission did not follow due process in the conduct of the election.

He said, “Due process was not followed…I had to sign to obtain a copy of the results because there was this intimidation that if I did not sign, I would not be given the result. I signed it under duress.”

Among the prayers by the PDP to the court are “that it be determined that all the votes recorded for the 2nd respondent in the election are wasted votes owing to the non-qualification/ disqualification of 2,3 respondents.”