The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, is set to testify before the Presidential Election Petition Court in Abuja on Thursday, June 15, 2023.
This development comes as part of the ongoing petition filed by Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who challenged the victory of President Bola Tinubu in the presidential election.
Atiku and his legal team have accused INEC and the All Progressives Congress (APC) of manipulating the election results.
The appearance of Yakubu before the court follows a subpoena issued at the behest of Atiku’s legal team. The purpose of his testimony is to shed light on the conduct of the disputed election and provide evidence in support of the petitioner’s case.
Prior to Yakubu’s testimony, Atiku’s legal team called several witnesses, including Alex Ter, a lawyer and former Attorney General of Benue State. Ter testified that the February presidential poll was marred by widespread irregularities and violated the Electoral Act, 2022.
During his testimony, Ter presented video clips featuring Yakubu and INEC’s Commissioner for Voter Education, Festus Okoye, both affirming the commitment to electronically transmit the election results. The court admitted these videos as exhibits, along with other relevant documents.