…By Lola Smith for TDPel Media.
The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal (PEPT) reconvened on Friday to continue hearing the petitions filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, challenging the victory of President Bola Tinubu from the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the February 25 presidential election.
Led by Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Chris Uche, Atiku’s legal team presented witnesses before the court, while Akin Olumuji (SAN) headed the legal team representing Bola Tinubu and the APC.
The proceedings commenced with the petitioner calling forward their first witness, Grace Ajagponna, a former National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member from Kogi State.
Ajagponna, who served as a Polling Unit (PU) election officer appointed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), testified under cross-examination that the accreditation, voting, and signing of the results by herself and party agents proceeded smoothly.
However, she mentioned that the upload of the results could not be successfully completed.
The second witness, Abidemi Abidemi, an INEC ad hoc staff member from Suleja, Niger State, stated in court that everything went well at her polling unit during the elections.
She personally entered the scores on Forms ECA8, which were signed by party agents.
Abidemi highlighted that it was part of their training not to provide duplicate copies of Forms ECA8 unless party agents had signed them.
The third witness, Obosa Edosa, an ad hoc staff member of INEC, served as a presiding officer in Edo State during the presidential election.
Details of her testimony were not provided in the given text.
The PEPT proceedings aim to review the evidence presented by both parties and make a fair and impartial determination regarding the outcome of the presidential election.
The hearings continue to shape the legal landscape surrounding the election results and hold significant implications for the future of Nigerian politics.
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