Witness: Presidential Poll Result in Kogi Forced Upon Me

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The first witness of the People Democratic Party, Joe Agada, alleged on Thursday that BVAS devices were manipulated in the last presidential election. He further claimed that he was forced to sign the results as the state collation officer in Kogi State. Agada, a retired captain, made these statements during his cross-examination at the Presidential Election Petition Court, where the outcome of the February 25 election is being challenged.

Agada, who is also a trained pharmacist, informed the court that he had the opportunity to visit some polling units in several Local Government Areas. During the cross-examination conducted by the counsel for the Independent National Electoral Commission, Abdullahi Aliyu SAN, Agada confirmed that there was purported manipulation of ballot papers, which occurred in his presence.

Additionally, Agada alleged that he was present while the BVAS devices were being manipulated. When asked by INEC’s counsel if he witnessed the manipulation of the BVAS devices, he replied in the affirmative, stating that it occurred in not less than 20 polling units across 2 senatorial districts.

Agada explained that he felt compelled to sign the forms because he would have been denied a copy for his party if he refused to do so. Despite his protests against the forced signing, he reluctantly complied to ensure his party received a copy.

However, Agada admitted that he had not initially mentioned this incident in his witness deposition.

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