The aim of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP to upturned the November 30 Kogi West senatorial election has continued to suffered setbacks following the contradicting statements of the Petitioner’s witnesses at the tribunal
As hearing into the case continue on Thursday before Justice Sambo led National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja, one of the witnesses, Salihu Muhammed denied ever making statements that he signed the result sheet of his collation centre at gun point.
Muhammed who was being crossed examined by the 2nd Respondent counsel, Senator Smart Adeyemi, Barrister Dapo Otitoju, said the statement on oath which bears his signature was prepared by his lawyer and not by himself.
The witness also denied that he moved round all the collation centers in his Ward, said he only made a little movement.
Another witness, Useni Muhammad from Odarki Ward who claimed to be a retired civil servant stunned the court when he said he couldn’t read. He also said it was an ‘error’ on his part to have signed the statement on oath when he couldn’t comprehend what the lawyer prepared for him.
He however make a summersault when he admitted before the court that the election was free and fair against the Petitioner’s claims of violence during the election.
He said his statement admitting to mayhem during the election was due to what he heard from others, said his area witness no chaos during the poll.
Resuming from short break, another witness, Abubakar Alhasan while being cross examined by 1st respondent counsel, (INEC), Barr. Chris Alashy, who said he was a student send the court to hilarious mode when he admitted that he was still an admission seeker.
Alhasan again said though he was the collation agent for PDP in his polling unit but the result was signed by his colleague, whose name he has now forgotten.
Again, one Suraju Adamu from Giriyan, Kogi LGA claimed he used calculator to reconciled the error his agents made at the poling units and was able to deduced in his personal capacity that their was over voting.
One Ohiko Muhammad from Ohiko in Kotonkarfi, Kogi LGA denied being the person that signed exhibit P3:2 – P3:4; which bears his name. He was also able to recollect the scores of other parties in his polling unit aside that of APC.
The tribunal has adjourned to Friday, March 27, for continuation of examination and cross examination by the counsels.