“Wrong Computation Of Election Results In 11 States Caused My Defeat” – Atiku

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“Wrong Computation Of Election Results In 11 States Caused My Defeat” – Atiku

The Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate
in the 2019 election, Atiku Abubakar, have filed their final written addresses in which they explained how they were allegedly robbed of victory in the February 23, 2019 presidential election through wrongful computation in 11 states.

The states, according to them, are Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa,
Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger, Yobe, and Zamfara. The petitioners
stated through their lawyer, Dr. Livy Uzoukwu (SAN), that a correct
computation of the results would give them a margin of lead of 222,332
votes over President Buhari and his All Progressives Congress.

They stated this in their response to Buhari’s final address,
contending that the correct computation showed that they scored
9,426,082 votes against Buhari’s 9,203,750. They claimed that reports
tendered by a statistician, who was called as one of their witnesses
pointing out faults in the result declared by the Independent National
Electoral Commission, was not challenged by the respondents to their
petition.

The petitioners said, “These reports (P90-K) are unchallenged and
remained so as none of the respondents controverted the detailed
analysis of unlawful votes extracted from Exhibits PNG1 – PNG3464,
PYB1731, PKT1 PKT3377; PKB1 – PKB2105; PB01 – PB03471; PJG1 – PJG 3161; PGB1 – PGB 1911; PBC1 – PBC3598; PKD1 – PKD3334; PKN1 – PKN7159 and PZF1 – PZF 1000 as summarised hereunder.”

The petitioners also contended that there were “polling units where
Forms EC8A were altered or tampered with to reflect new votes/scores.”
They added that on Forms EC8B (ward result sheets), the similar errors
were also observed, adding that there were discrepancies in the collated
figures on Forms EC8A and the Forms EC8B.

They stated, “It is submitted that when the votes credited to the
parties on account of various errors listed in paragraph 4.54(a) – (f)
and (a) – (d), respectively, above are deducted from the results
declared in the 11 focal states, the under listed figures now represent
the overall lawful votes cast in the presidential election held on
February 23, 2019 across Nigeria:

“Election result: PDP – 11, 262,978; APC – 15,191,847. Void votes:
PDP – 1,836,896; APC -5,988,097. New result: PDP – 9,426,082; APC
-9,203,750.”

Atiku and his party had by their petition urged the five-man tribunal
led by Justice Mohammed Garba to declare them the winner of the
February 23, 2019 poll or nullify Buhari’s election. In their final
address filed in response to Buhari’s, the petitioners raised five
issues for determination, including that Buhari was neither duly elected
by the majority of lawful votes nor qualified to contest as of the time
of the election.

The respondents had earlier, through their lawyers, filed their
respective final addresses. The tribunal had fixed August 21 for
adoption of the final addresses by the parties.

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