The Borno State collation agent for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last presidential election, Nicholas Msheliza, has disclosed that 911, 786 votes declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was above the accredited number of voters across the state.
Concise News learned that Msheliza made this known when he testified before the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal on Thursday in Abuja.
He claimed that in over 200 polling units across the State, there was zero accreditation of voters.
Atiku and the PDP filed a petition before the Justice Mohammed Garba-led tribunal of five Judges, challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) at the poll.
He said: “Virtually all the results sheets that were brought to the state collation centre were mutilated.
“There was virtually no result sheet that was tendered at the state collation centre that did not have calculation error, and I did reject most of them.
“The Returning Officer of the first respondent (INEC), would always ask the local government collation officers to go outside the collation centre to reconcile figures, add them up and when they tallied, they should back to present them.”
Questioned by INEC’s lawyer, Yunus Usman (SAN), to give the exact figures, he responded saying he was not in a position to do so.
Usman told the INEC’s collation officers, he said: “These were university lecturers, simple arithmetic of plus and minus and they could not add well.
“The correct results were collated by our party agents and given to our counsel.”
Under cross-examination by the APC’s lawyer, Adeniyi Akintola (SAN), the witnesses maintained that “the results were already collated” before he got to the state collation centre.
However, Akintola referred him to a part of his witness statement on oath where he affirmed that he “observed in the course of transmitting the results from local government result sheets to the state result sheets wrong figures were being entered by INEC officials.”
When asked to adjust the obvious contradiction between his claim that the results were already collated before he got to the collation centre, and his attestation that he observed when the figures were being presented, the witness said, “They were merely announcing the results to the hearing of people present.”