By Our Reporter-
Umar Ibrahim, an official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday gave contradictory statements at the Kaduna State governorship election petition tribunal.
The official who in his written statement had said he was Director Of Operations at the INEC Kaduna office, told the court during cross-examination that he was a Deputy Director.
When asked by Counsel to the petitioners, Barr. Elisha Kurah, SAN if he was an Executive Director with INEC, he answered Yes.
He told also the court that he spent about three hours on the day of the governorship elections at his office before going out to monitor election.
The INEC officials who had told the court that the Commission never received any complaint from the petitioners on elections irregularities, in turn admitted that the Commission had received the complain letter from the petitioners when he was shown an exhibit with the official stamp of INEC.
He also told the Court “I was not in all the local government areas, I did not visit all the polling units as well, I was not in all the entire ward collation Centre, I was also not in the entire Local Government collation Centres on that day. I was not the State collation officer for INEC. Electoral officers were not collation officers at the Local Government Areas and the ward levels,” he told the tribunal during the cross examination session.
The official who was brought in as witness by Counsel to he INEC, Aliyu Umar (SAN)’ also admitted the genuineness of the card reader report earlier presented Court by the petitioners and marked as exhibit.
Meanwhile, INEC closed it defence after presentation of voting points result sheets of about Nine Local Government Areas as exhibits and calling of one witness.
Briefing Journalists shortly after the hearing, INEC Counsel, Mr. Aliyu Umar, SAN “we tender results voting points of about 9 local government areas, we call one witness and we feel it is alright for our defence. INEC has no witness or document to present again”.
The PDP and its governorship candidate, Mr. Isa Ashiru are challenging the declaration of Nasir el-Rufai of the APC as winner of the governorship elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the March 9 governorship polls.