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INEC Boss to testify in Atiku’s suit challenging Tinubu’s victory

The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, will on Thursday testify before the Presidential Election Petition Court in Abuja. PREMIUM TIMES reports.

Mr. Yakubu will testify in Atiku Abubakar’s petition challenging President Bola Tinubu’s victory at the 25 February presidential election.

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Atiku, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), accused INEC and Mr Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) of manipulating the polls.Information Guide Nigeria

His lead counsel, Chris Uche, on Tuesday, informed the five-member panel of the court chaired by Haruna Tsammani that Mr. Yakubu would appear before it on Thursday.

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At the behest of Atiku’s legal team, Mr. Yakubu had been subpoenaed to testify on the conduct of the disputed election.

Also, he is expected to tender some sensitive electoral documents in aid of the petitioner’s suit.

Mr. Uche, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), put INEC, Mr. Tinubu, and APC’s legal teams on notice concerning Mr. Yakubu’s scheduled appearance on Thursday to forestall any impediment that may obstruct the hearing.

After calling 18 witnesses to testify for the petitioner, Mr. Uche, on Tuesday, called his client’s first star witness.

The witness, Alex Ter, a lawyer and former Attorney General of Benue State, in his testimony, alleged that the February presidential poll was fraught with widespread irregularities as it was conducted in disregard of the Electoral Act, 2022.JAMB Result

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In his witness statement on oath, Mr Ter said he was the national coordinator Situation Room for the PDP during the February 25 presidential election in Abuja.

He presented three video clips featuring INEC chair Mr Yakubu and INEC’s Commissioner for Voter Education, Festus Okoye, who both pledged that the electoral umpire would electronically transmit the election results.

The third video concerned the European Union Election Observer Mission, which was admitted as an exhibit by the court.NYSC Portal

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Essien, Goodnews is a gruaduate of Communication Arts, University of Uyo, Uyo; Currently working at Infoguide Media as a news writer.

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