The testimony of the 38th petitioner at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja, Mr. Abana Koku, said on Monday that voters were not accredited before being allowed to vote at Chibok Local Government Area of of Borno State during the February 23, 2019 poll.
During the election, Koku served as the People’s Democratic Party’s collation officer and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, in the Chibok Local Government Area.
The party and Atiku are challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressive Congress at the poll by their petition filed before the five-man tribunal led by Justice Mohammed Garba.
The respondents to the petition are the Independent National Electoral Commission, Buhari and the APC.
On Monday, the 37th witness of the petitioners claimed extensive over-voting occurrences, absence of voter accreditation with smart card reader devices, inaccurate ballot paper accounting, and illegitimate cancellation of votes in strongholds of PDP.
Fielding cross-examination questions from the lawyers of the respondents, Koku confirmed the non-accreditation of electors during the election.
Asked if he had been identified by any means before being permitted to vote, Koku said, “Nobody identified anyone, people were given ballot papers and allowed to vote.”
The witness said that because of the security situation in the area, the 95 polling units in the 11 wards in Chibok Local Government Area were situated at Chibok Central Primary School, Chibok.
He said that before coming to the conclusion that there were extensive cases of over-voting in the area, he saw 80 percent of the polling unit result sheets.
But he said he couldn’t remember the total number of registered voters in the LGA when asked. He also said he couldn’t remember the precise amount of accredited voters and the total number of cast votes.
He also said he didn’t sign the EC8C Form, the result sheet for the local government.