A petitioners’ second witness at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal Peter Obi has said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) trained him and others to transmit the results of the 2019 elections.
Obi said this on Monday as he stood as a witness for the Peoples Democratic Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar who are challenging the win of President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to him, it was wrong for INEC to say that the results of the presidential election were not transmitted electronically.
He recalled that he worked as the Registration Area Technician (RATECH) at the ward level in Rivers State during the election.
Obi said this while fielding questions from INEC’s lawyer Yunus Usman (SAN), under cross-examination.
“You are not supposed to transmit results because you are not a presiding officer,” Usman asked.
While responding, Obi said, “You are wrong sir. INEC trained us to transmit results. I was not a presiding officer.
“I was not a polling agent. I was a registration area technician appointed by INEC. I was trained by INEC.”
While also taking questions from Buhari’s lawyer Wole Olanipekun (SAN), he admitted ignorance on INEC rules for the presidential election but said that there was a guidelines booklet issued for his roles as a RATECH.
“I was a RATECH in charge of the use of card reader,” he said.
Obi claimed ignorance of Olanipekun’s claim that there was no designation in the INEC’s guidelines as Registration Area Technician.
According to him, he worked at the ward level with the Local Government Technician and the State Technician as his superiors.
This is as he noted that he was not stationed at any polling unit during the exercise but visited the ones where his attention was needed.
Fielding questions from APC’s lawyer Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), Obi faulted the lawyer for saying that it was the duty of the Presiding Officer “to do accreditation, verification authentication, and collation at the Poling Units.”
He said: “You are not entirely correct sir, because we were told at the training that the Assistant Polling Officer 1, was in charge of accreditation.”
Furthermore, he stated that “I did not serve as APO1 and I did not serve as the Presiding Officer.”
Obi added that he did not act on his own, according to Fagbemi’s suggestion.
“I have a letter to show that I was shortlisted.”