Adejuyitan Olalekan, a Presiding Officer during the February 23 presidential election, has admitted that he transmitted results collated at his polling unit during the poll.
Olalekan was one of the witnesses for the Peoples Democratic Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, who are by their petition challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja.
During cross-examination by Buhari’s lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), Olalekan, a lecturer at African Community of Inquiry College of Education in Enugu State, said he personally transmitted the collated results at his polling unit.
“I did it myself as the Presiding Officer. I transmitted through the code provided by INEC,” he said.
But when asked by INEC’s lawyer, Yunus Usman (SAN), Olalekan said he did not have the name or the number of the server.
He said “Without the code, you cannot make any transmission of results”.
But asked if he attached the code with which he claimed to have transmitted the collated results to his witness statement on oath, he said he did not but had it on his phone.
He also said INEC did not direct Presiding Officers to allow voters who could not be authenticated by the card reader machine to vote manually with their picture captured.