I signed Presidential election result under duress, PDP, Atiku's witness


ABUJA---A witness for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, Mohammed Tata, has said that he was reportedly compelled to sign result of the presidential election in his polling unit. Tata who served as a PDP in Jigawa State, told the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja that he was threatened to either sign a copy of the result or have his name removed as a beneficiary in the N-Power scheme. According to him, he signed the result sheet under duress. Tata spoke while a nswering a question posed to him by counsel to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Mr. Yunus Usman, SAN. His words, "I was harassed and intimidated to sign the result sheet under duress. I was told that if I refused to sign, my name would be removed from the N-Power Programme." He had been asked if he was dissatisfied that President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC scored over 700 votes in his polling unit, when the retorted, "There was no score because there was no election. "I am a Muslim. I believe in destiny and what God decides will happen. Whether PDP wins or the APC, I don't have a problem with that. All I want is that I need justice in my country. "I didn't care whether my party won or lost, but I am not happy about what happened." Tata who testified as the fifth witness for the PDP and Atiku further said: "I don't know because there was no election. "No I was not given a copy of the result because there was no peace. I followed due process" by reporting how I was harassed to sign the result, but the culprits were neither arrested nor prosecuted." Also, answering questions from the APC's lawyer, Prince Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, on why he did not not mention names of those who harassed him in his statement on oath, Tata said it was "for security reasons. "I am still working with the N-Power because I signed the result. It is because I did what they wanted me to do."

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