By Andy Chukwu
The Peoples Democratic Party and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, its presidential candidate in the 2019 election, have alleged that lost the election due to wrong computation votes in 11 states by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The two petitioners in their final written addresses filed at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal named the states as Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger, Yobe, and Zamfara.
Dr. Livy Uzoukwu (SAN), their lawyers contended that a correct computation of the results would show that they scored 9,426,082 votes against 9,203,750 votes scored by President Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressives Congress, thereby giving them victory in the election with a margin of lead of 222,332 votes.
They claimed that reports tendered by a statistician, who was called as one of their witnesses pointing out faults in the result declared by INEC was not challenged by the respondents to their petition.
The petitioners said, “These reports (P90-K) are unchallenged and remained so as none of the respondents controverted the detailed analysis of unlawful votes extracted from Exhibits PNG1 – PNG3464, PYB1731, PKT1 PKT3377; PKB1 – PKB2105; PB01 – PB03471; PJG1 – PJG 3161; PGB1 – PGB 1911; PBC1 – PBC3598; PKD1 – PKD3334; PKN1 – PKN7159 and PZF1 – PZF 1000 as summarised hereunder.”
The petitioners also contended that there were “polling units where Forms EC8A were altered or tampered with to reflect new votes/scores.”
They added that on Forms EC8B (ward result sheets), the similar errors were also observed, adding that there were discrepancies in the collated figures on Forms EC8A and the Forms EC8B.
They stated, “It is submitted that when the votes credited to the parties on account of various errors listed in paragraph 4.54(a) – (f) and (a) – (d), respectively, above are deducted from the results declared in the 11 focal states, the under listed figures now represent the overall lawful votes cast in the presidential election held on February 23, 2019 across Nigeria:
“Election result: PDP – 11, 262,978; APC – 15,191,847. Void votes: PDP – 1,836,896; APC -5,988,097. New result: PDP – 9,426,082; APC -9,203,750.”
Atiku and his party had by their petition urged the five-man tribunal led by Justice Mohammed Garba to declare them the winner of the February 23, 2019 poll or nullify Buhari’s election.
In their final address filed in response to Buhari’s, the petitioners raised five issues for determination, including that Buhari was neither duly elected by the majority of lawful votes nor qualified to contest as of the time of the election.
The respondents had earlier, through their lawyers, filed their respective final addresses.
The tribunal had fixed August 21 for adoption of the final addresses by the parties.