Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom challenged at the tribunal by Umana Umana
Barrister Bassey Okon Willie, a witness for the Akwa Ibom governor, Udom Emmanuel and the PDP, told the governorship tribunal sitting in Abuja on Friday that he signed all the result sheets for Oron Local Government Area, contradicting the statement made by another witness, Elder Effiong Atanang.
Willie who admitted that he was the Local Government Collation Agent, noted that, he signed the result sheets for Ward 4, even though Elder Effiong Atanang was the PDP Ward 4 collation agent.
His testimony however contradicted the disposition of Elder Effiong Atanang, who also claimed to have signed the Ward 4 result.
Willie said the result sheets were signed by one agent because other ward collation agents could not make it to the Local Government Collation Centre, as the engine boats in which they were travelling developed a fault.
He said the development caused the ward collation agents to resort to manual paddling.
Barr Willie, during cross examination also told the tribunal that election results can be collated outside Ward collation centres “as was the case in Oron”.
He said lightening and security made it impossible for election results to be carried out at designated collation centres and that led to collation elsewhere with the support of security agents and INEC officials.
He further stated that he was not aware that election results were supposed to be entered into forms EC8A, EC8B and EC8C.
Another witness, a former PDP state chairman, Uwem Ita Etuk, during cross examination told the respondent’s counsel, Dayo Akinlaja, that “he will give him
what he wants”.
His statement was in response to a request by the counsel to provide an answer to a question. The witness added, “if anyone says no election took place in the area, then INEC should be told to …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper