FROM THE PLATEAU GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION PETITION TRIBUNAL
My Witnesses receiving threats – Useni.
Result Sheet Entries Altered to Favour APC -Witnesses
14 more witnesses of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have complained of how the Governorship Elections were rigged as results were altered in their Polling Units to favour Simon Bako Lalong.
Testifying at the Governorship Election Tribunal in Jos, witnesses from Jos East, Mangu, Bokkos and Shendam Local Government Areas affirmed their claims with exhibits already tendered before the Tribunal.
They showed how scores were tampered with after they had signed the result sheets.
They also told the tribunal that Presiding Officers and some security officials refused to take action on their complaints about over-voting. Total of votes scored and rejected votes exceeded the number of voters accredited for the elections in areas in contention.
In addition, witnesses have told the tribunal that INEC took away original copies of the results for their areas, “because they know what they did was wrong”, said Lalsa Bako of Shimankar in Shendam LGA.
This point was further stressed by lead counsel to the petitioners Mike Ozekhome, SAN, who said his team was really amused at the line of questioning by Respondents’ counsel.
“We are just laughing on this side at the kind of questions that Respondents’ Counsel are asking our witnesses. How do they expect us to have in our possession original copies of INEC Result Sheets and Registers of voters? Won’t they arrest us if they find these on us? What kind of questioning is this? All we are complaining about is criminal over voting!”
Another challenge has now been added to the Petitioners’ quest to prove their case.
Ozekhome, SAN, has informed the tribunal that some of the witnesses lined up by his team to testify have received threats to change their minds about testifying before the tribunal or face the consequences.
“Melords may not know this, but we are doing our best to cope with the new challenge. But we assure you that we will use the fixed time allotted to us to conclude our case.”
To Senator Jeremiah Useni
July 4, 2019