Two ad-hoc Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials for the February 25 presidential election were witnesses at the Presidential Election Tribunal Court yesterday.
The duo – Friday Omachonu Egwumah and Grace Timothy- who served as polling unit Presiding Officers (POs) in two states, said that the exercise went without hitches where they served.
They were subpoenaed witnesses by the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, who are seeking the nullification of the election of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as president.
Egwumah, a former National Youth Service Corps(NYSC) member, who served at Unit 017, Ward 03, Aba North Local Government Area in Abia State, testified as the petitioners’ 12th witness (PW12). Timothy, also an ex-NYSC member, served in Bauchi. He was PW13.
They gave similar evidence, insisting that the conduct of the presidential election complied with the relevant rules, guidelines, and laws in their activities, including delivering the original signed copies of the collated polling unit results (Forms EC8A) to their various Ward Registration Area Collation Centres.
Egwumah, who was cross-examined by Tinubu’s Lawyer, Wole Olanipekun (SAN), said: “I did a very good job on that day. I did not breach any law or regulations while performing my duties.
”Part of my activities, as a PO, was to announce the results of the polling unit. Labour Party won in the polling unit where I served.”
Timothy, while being cross-examined by Mahmoud said: “I conducted my affairs at the polling unit as I was trained. I carried out the accreditation of voters with the BVAS device which went smoothly.
”Voting went well in my polling unit. I completed Form EC8A myself and signed it before delivering it to the ward collation centre. It was the results recorded at the polling unit that I submitted at the ward collation centre.”
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