Abraham S, Abuja.
An agent of the Peoples Democratic Party in a ward of Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State told the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja, on Wednesday, how his party defeated President Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressives Congress during the February 23, 2019 poll, only for the results to be cancelled without any justification.
The PDP and its presidential candidate are by their petition before the five-man tribunal challenging the outcome of the election declared to have been one by Buhari and his part.
Testifying as the 51st petitioners’ witness, Dangana Barde, said his party polled 22,580 votes to defeat Buhari and the APC whom he said scored 9,407 in his ward.
“The results were cancelled without any justification other than that my party won,” he said.
Asked under cross-examination by the respondents’ lawyers, he said he did not have the result sheets.
He also said there were 13 Polling Units in the ward and not 11 as he wrongly stated in his statement filed before the court.
Responding to another question, he said, “I was surprised to hear on the live broadcast of the national presidential election collation centre and (from) the election Local Government agent that the results of my Local Government and ward were partly cancelled.”
Asked to name the places where the results were cancelled, he said, “I know results were cancelled in my ward but I can’t remember others.”
But he conceded that results were announced on a state-by-state basis at the national collation centre and not on the basis of local government, ward or polling units.
He also confirmed that he learnt of the results’ cancellation from his LG agent who was not allowed into the collation centre.