An agent of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Yahaya Shiko, in the 2019 presidential election, on Thursday, claimed that result of the election was doctored in Kaduna to favour incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari.
Shiko, a witness of Atiku Abubakar and his party, the PDP, served as the collation agent for the main opposition party in Kaduna south local government of Kaduna state.
According to Shiko, the 20th witness called by Atiku, the election in his area was marred by over-voting and allocation of figures to parties and they were all done in his presence.
But while being cross-examined by counsel of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Charles Edosomwan, the witness said his account of irregularities during the election in his area was based on the reports he received from polling units agents and those he personally witnessed.
Shiko said, “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.”
Also answering questions from INEC counsel, Yunus Usman, counsel of Shiko told the tribunal that figures were wrongly credited to the APC.
He said, “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.”