Yahaya Shiko, a retired major, who served as the collation agent for the Peoples Democratic Party in the Kaduna South Local Government of Kaduna State during the presidential election, while speaking before the Presidential Election Tribunal on Thursday claimed that the results of the February 23 election were doctored in his presence in favour of the ruling All Progressives Congress.
Shiko, the 20th petitioners’ witness of PDP at the Tribunal, stated that the election in his area was marred by over-voting and allocation of figures to political parties that participated in the election.
The Peoples Democratic Party had challenged the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress in the presidential election.
Shiko, commissioned as an officer of the Nigerian Army in 1993, was on Thursday, led by the petitioners’ lawyer, Adebayo Adelodun (SAN), to adopt his earlier statement on oath as his evidence-in-chief.
Shiko while been cross-examined by APC’s lawyer, Charles Edosomwan, stated that his account of irregularities during the election in his area was based on the reports he received from polling units agents and the ones he personally witnessed.
“My statement was based on the reports I received from the polling unit agents and what I saw on the result sheets which were forwarded to the Local Government collation centre.”
“There were cases of overvoting, and allocation of figures.”
“These were what were carried to the Local Government collation centre.”
“In my presence, the results were doctored.”
In a question asked by the counsel for the Independent National Electoral Commission, Yunus Usman (SAN), he noted that he protested the doctored results by refusing to sign the result sheets.
“Figures were wrongly credited to the APC.”
“At the collation centre, I made complaints when the results were announced and I protested by refusing to append my signature to the result sheets.”
Asked, he said he did not know his complaints were criminal in nature.
Also asked if he was aware if any of the perpetrators were arrested and prosecuted, he said, “It is not for me to know.”