Mohammed Tata, a witness at the Presidential Election Tribunal for the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, claimed that he was compelled to sign a copy of the February 2019 presidential election result.
He also informed the tribunal that before he sign the result, they threatened to sack him from the N-Power scheme.
Tata told the tribunal that he reported the threat but nothing was done to those who forced him to sign the results.
The court heard that Tata served as an agent of the PDP in Jigawa State during the presidential election.
The Presidential Election Tribunal is examining the requests made by the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to challenge President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory.
While being cross examined by the lawyer to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Yunus Usman, the PDP Tata said, “I was harassed and intimidated to sign the outcome sheet under pressure”.
“I was told that if I refuse to sign, my name will be removed from the N-Power programme.”
According to him, the 700 votes claimed to have been won by Buhari and the APC in his unit could not be proven as “there was no score because there was no election.”
He said he was a Muslim and believes in destiny, adding that he doesn’t care if the PDP or APC won the election in his unit.
Tata added, “The only thing I want is justice in my country. I don’t care if my party wins or lose, but I’m not pleased with what occurred.”
When questioned by the lawyer to the APC, Prince Lateef Fagbemi, why he did not mention in his statement on oath the names of those who intimidated him, Tata answered that he decided not to mention names for reasons of safety and because he still benefits from the system of the Federal Government – N-Power.