ATIKU STAR WITNESS DENIES SEEING INEC SERVER AS ATIKU CLOSES CASE


Gbeleyi Abayomi

Atiku star witness and PDP presidential collation agent at the national collation center for the 23rd of February presidential, Mr. Ostia chidoka told the presidential election tribunal sitting in Abuja that he has not seen the INEC server.

However, the former aviation minister, who is also the 62nd witness presented by atiku and PDP said that the they were told that the server existed by the INEC chairman.

The witness who also said he served as the head of the PDP’s situation room in Abuja where he was during the election receiving reports from the party’s agent, spoke under cross-examination by INEC’s lawyer, Yunus Usman (SAN).

He said, “I have not seen the server but INEC consistently told us of the server and the INEC Chairman at the national collation of results of the election acknowledged the existence of the server.”

When asked, he said, “I was there when the results were collated.”
He acknowledged that the collation was done manually.

The PDP has closed her case today at the presidential election tribunal sitting in Abuja. This was done today when the testimony of their star and last witness, Osita Chidoka, formally closed their case today.

Chidoka, an Aviation Minister under the administration of Goodluck Jonathan, served at the National Collation Officer of the PDP.

Although Chidoka claimed in his written statement, that results were transmitted electronically, he could not, under cross-examination, sustain that claim.

Chidoka could not provide the address of the said server and information about its location.

He said INEC Chairman spoke about INEC server, but said he got information that results were transmitted to it form a whistle-blower.

Chidoka, who confirmed that results were collated from the polling unit level, through ward, state and national levels manually, admitted that what the information contained in all his statements are from the information he got from his party’s agents. The court has adjourned till July 29 for the defendants to open their defence, beginning with INEC, listed as the first defendant.

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