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INEC’S Results Collation Errors Led to Tinubu’s Declaration – Melaiye

INEC’S Results Collation Errors Led to Tinubu’s Declaration – Melaiye



INEC'S Results Collation Errors Led to Tinubu's Declaration - Melaiye
INEC'S Results Collation Errors Led to Tinubu's Declaration - Melaiye

The National Collation Agent of the People’s Democratic Party PDP in the February 25 presidential election, Senator Dino Melaiye, has told the Presidential Election Petition Court that election collation errors by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC led to the declaration of President Bola Tinubu.

Melanie informed the Court Friday that he left the National Collation Center at the International Conference Centre in Abuja when the alleged deliberate errors became unbearable and intolerable to him.

Senator Melaiye testified as a Star Witness for former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, whose joint petition with PDP is seeking nullification of Tinubu’s declaration as the winner of the 2023 Presidential election.

Led in his evidence-in-Chief by Atiku’s lead counsel, Mr Chris Uche SAN, the witness said that he refused to sign the final collated results so as not to be part of corruption and malpractices that allegedly engulfed the collation exercise.

Melanie, who is the second Star Witness in the hearing of the petition, insisted that the results which INEC acted upon to declare Tinubu winner of the February 25 presidential election “was wrongly computed by INEC”, adding that “I didn’t endorse it, because I don’t endorse a fraud.

He also told the Court that many PDP agents in the presidential election did not sign the results at various levels besides himself.

INEC’S Results Collation Errors Led to Tinubu’s Declaration – Melaiye

While responding to questions from Tinubu’s counsel, Chief Akin Olujimi, SAN, the witness argued that “failure of transmission of what has been recorded is an infringement of the law”.

He pointed out that electronic transmission of results from the polling units to the IReV is an essential aspect of the election process, arguing that with IReV, the election circle cannot be said to have been completed.

“Result is transmitted from polling units before you move to the ward collation centre”, he explained, adding that what was brought was at variance with what transpired at the state level.

Meanwhile, on Friday, the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi, tendered additional video evidence to support claims that INEC assured of electronic transmission of results of the 2023 general elections.

The video clip containing live speeches of INEC’s Chairman, Professor Yakubu Mahmood, was tendered by a subpoenaed witness and staff of Daar Communication Ltd, AIT Mrs Ijeoma Osamo.

However, during cross-examination by APC’s lawyer, Mr Abiodun Owonikoko, SAN, the witness denied any press conference by INEC where the commission clarified to Nigerians that the election can no longer be transmitted electronically.

Meanwhile, hearing in both petitions have been adjourned till Monday, June 19.

By Salihu Ali, Abuja.


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