Witness Tells Tribunal How Obi Rigged Out Atiku In Anambra State

Ndubuisi Nwobu, a witness of Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 25th presidential elections, has disclosed how his candidate was manipulated by Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate in Anambra state. During his testimony at the presidential election tribunal on Wednesday, Nwobu revealed that the PDP candidate’s votes were mysteriously altered at various collation centers.

According to the results announced by the Independent Electoral Commission, Peter Obi secured 584,621 votes in Anambra, while Atiku received only 9,036 votes in the state. Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress garnered 5,111 votes.

Nwobu, who serves as the chairman of the Anambra PDP and also acted as the party’s state collation agent, informed the court that after the vote counting, the presiding officers refused to upload the results. On election day, he visited approximately 30 polling units out of the 4,720 polling units in the state.

He further explained that he was compelled to sign the result sheet at the state collation center since he wouldn’t have been provided a copy otherwise. Nwobu stated, “I signed the result sheet when it became clear that I wouldn’t receive a copy without signing.” He added, “Results were recorded at the polling units, but all attempts to have the presiding officers upload them on IREV (presumably the election result verification platform) were unsuccessful.”

When questioned about whether PDP agents signed the result sheets at the polling units before they were taken to the collation center, Nwobu confirmed that they did. However, he expressed that problems emerged at the ward-level collation center, where the manipulation began. He noted, “That is where the magic started happening. There were issues with the presiding officers at the polling units.”

Nwobu mentioned instances where he had to intervene to prevent voters and other party agents from attacking INEC (Independent National Electoral Commission) officials. He asserted, “I even had to step in on certain occasions to ensure the safety of some polling officers who were at risk of being attacked by voters and other political party agents.”

Nwobu is the eleventh witness to testify on behalf of Atiku before the five-member panel led by Haruna Tsammani.

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