Tribunal: INEC, Buhari Tender Video To Counter Atiku On Server Allegation

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, tendered a Channels Television video, which was admitted by the presidential election tribunal.

The video is meant to discredit the allegation by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, that the February 23 election result were transmitted to a server managed by the INEC.

Chris Uche, a senior advocate and counsel to the petitioners, had on July 15, led a main witness, Segun Showunmi, to tender 48 Compact Discs evidence to substantial their claims before the tribunal.

Four of the video clips were played in the court hall, including that of the “Count Down of Osun Decides’’, produced by the television station.

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Another video by the television station on February 8, where Mike Igini, Resident Electoral Commissioner for Akwa Ibom State, talked about the readiness of the electoral body to transmit the general election electronically, was also admitted.

Similarly, another video clip of INEC Chairman, Professor Yakubu Mahmud was equally tendered and admitted by the tribunal.

Mahmud had in the video clip, hosted some Data experts where he sought their cooperation in ensuring the commission delivered a free and fair election through acceptable technology.

The INEC chairman had in that clip, expressed wish to work within the law to transmit the results of the general election electronically.

However, Yunus Usman, also a senior advocate, found inadequacy in the clip and Showunmi’s testimony during cross examination.

Usman had explained that the witness only brought sets of videos that told one side of a story.

He made the witness to confirm that the commission never mention at any official public briefing, that results of the election would indeed be transmitted to a central server.

On his part, Alex Izinyon, SAN, specifically accused Showunmi to have left out a video from a Channel Television, where the INEC boss stated that results of the 2019 general election would be transmitted electronically to a central server.

It was on Izinyon’s submission that the tribunal adjourned mid-way on July 15, to allow the second respondent, Buhari, to tender the February 6 interview of Mahmud on the subject matter.

The video was eventually admitted and played for the five-man justices chaired by Justice Mohammed Garba and other parties to watch.

In that video, the INEC boss listed communication and security challenges as two major reasons why results from the 2019 general election would not be transmitted electronically.

But the petitioners continued with the presentation of their witnesses to testify.

 

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