The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in the February 23 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, on Friday, presented their 62nd witness before the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abuja.
The petitioners’ witness, Osita Chidoka, who served as the PDP’s collation agent at the National Collation Centre for the election told the tribunal that he had never seen the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Chidoka, however, said INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, consistently told them (party agents) about the server.
He said the INEC boss acknowledged its existence during the collation of the presidential election.
Under cross-examination by INEC’s lawyer, Yunus Usman (SAN), the witness said he also served as the head of the PDP’s situation room in Abuja where he was during the election receiving reports from the party’s agents.
“I have not seen the server but INEC consistently told us of the server and the INEC Chairman at the national collation of results of the election acknowledged the existence of the server.
“I was there when the results were collated,” he said.
When quizzed further, Chidoka acknowledged that the collation of results was done manually.
He was the final and star witness of the petitioners, bringing the total number of the witnesses they presented to 62 before they closed their case.
Counsel to the petitioners, Chris Uche, made the application to close their case after Chidoka was cross-examined by the respondents.
“Having called witnesses, and having tendered documents, we must humbly apply to close the case of the petitioners,” Uche said.
The five-man panel of judges led by Justice Mohammed Garba granted the application and adjourned proceedings till July 29.
Garba asked the respondents; Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to open their defence on the next adjourned date.
Atiku and the PDP are by their petition challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressives Congress (APC) at the poll.