The 24th petitioners’ witness of the Peoples Democratic Party, John Makama, has stated that the results of the election in the stronghold of PDP in Kaduna State were cancelled by the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Makama served as the collation agent of PDP in Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State during the February 23, 2019, presidential election.
The Presidential candidate of PDP, Atiku Abubakar and his party had challenged the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress.
Makama stated that the election in Saga Local Government Area of Kaduna State was marred by illegal cancellation of votes.
Under cross-examination by the respondents’ counsel, Makama said the results were cancelled in his presence at the local government collation centre by the INEC’s local government collation officer and not at the polling units where the election took place.
“It is an aberration that results from wards and polling units were cancelled.”
“The election held at the polling units, but the cancellations happened at the local government collation centre.”
“The results from the petitioners’ stronghold were illegally cancelled.”
“It is an open fact that political parties have stronghold where they are dominant.”
He said of the 11 wards in Sanga Local Government Area, the APC was only strong in three.
Under cross-examination by Buhari’s lawyer, Yusuf Ali (SAN), Makama could not find an answer when told that cancellation of results in Sanga Local Government Area was not part of the case presented by the petitioners in their petition.