Fidelity bank card banner Camano banner

Drama as Atiku’s witness weeps at election tribunal

By Godwin Tsa, Abuja on 18/07/2019

Views: 1,737

• Alhaji Abubakar
• Alhaji Abubakar

A mild drama played out, on Wednesday, at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal when one of the witnesses called by the People’s Democratic Party and its 2019 presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, broke down in tears.

The witness, Mohammed Yahaya, who was the 57th to be called at the tribunal said he served as the PDP agent for Aboto Ward in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State during the February 23 election.

Before the emotional incident, he had told the tribunal in his evidence-in-chief how two persons were shot by thugs of the All Progressives Congress who stormed a polling unit in his ward on the day of the election.

According to his testimony, the two victims were rushed to the hospital, but one of them died much later.

Yahaya further narrated how he witnessed violence in the polling units where he voted and the others he visited during the election but could not tell of the situation in the ones he did not visit.

“I ran away for my dear life. Where I did not visit, our agents told me they ran away for their dear lives,” he said.

The witness, who said he was fondly called “Honourable” by his mother whom he said had pampered him before her death, insisted that Aboto Ward had always been the stronghold of the PDP.

He said the PDP would have won in the ward had there been no violence in the ward.

Yayaha stated:  “It was House of Assembly election and they are challenging it in court.”

But while under cross-examination by President Muhammadu Buhari’s lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), Yayaha shed tears and refused to be consoled.

Tears rolled out from his eyes when Olanikpekun stated that lives of people were being toyed with over politics.

He broke down in tears when Olanipekun repeated the question to extract a more satisfactory answer.

“You people are just playing politics with peoples’ lives. People died,” he said.

It took about five minutes for the head of the five-man panel, Justice Mohammed Garba, to pacify him.

However, reacting to the development, Olanipekun said: “We are used to people like him. My question had nothing to do with death.”

Under cross-examination by All Progressives Congress’ lawyer, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), the witness confirmed that the APC won in 2015 elections in the ward. (The Sun)



Source News Express

Posted 18/07/2019 12:48:37 AM





You may also like...
$9.3m Arms Deal: Northern Christians flay attacks on...

Ekweremadu to dump PDP?

Niger Delta youth leader urges peace in Brass...

Nasarawa massacre: MILITANTS USED JUJU ON US —Police...

Troops capture Boko Haram’s Abuja town, deal terrorists...

NULGE calls on FG to fix Enugu-Onitsha Expressway...

Bandits relocating to Kaduna, Kano, Niger ─ Buratai...

MOSOP slams Shell

Banker steals N12 million to enlarge breast, fund...

TETFund to establish academic publishing centres in varsities-Bogoro...

Ezekwesili promises to create innovative economy if she...

Troops intercept suicide bomber in Adamawa


Latest News Kwara assembly sacks boards of 3 agencies US Green Cards mogul arrested for alleged $110 million fraud Shell washes hands off Kolo Creek fire Zamfara mulls empowerment for repented bandits US researchers work on buildings that sense danger and react to save the occupants Deji Sasegbon resurrects with new publication The ugly side of revolution, By Bernard Balogun Indian spacecraft to land on Moon on Sept. 7 Ekweremadu, others conspired to kill me — Nnamdi Kanu How soldiers killed policemen, cut my handcuffs, set me free — Kidnap kingpin Wadume All set for inauguration of ministers EFCC investigation: No cause for alarm, says Ambode


Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (528,934 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (438,552 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (383,440 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (322,232 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (290,246 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (251,215 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (245,924 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (232,809 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (227,919 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (214,146 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (193,055 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (190,950 views)


CBN milk production

CBN banner advert

UBA Wise Savers Promo


Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (98) Business & Economy (4,396) Business Verdict (79) Columnists (1,094) Complaints & Requests (95) Enterprise & Opportunities (215) Entertainment (647) Features (795) Global Business Monitor (420) ICT Monitor (58) International (3,851) Interview (198) Live Commentary (30) Love Matters (166) Maggie's Blog (383) News (50,222) Opinion (1,327) Pidgin (17) Politics (11,323) Religion (1,085) Sports (2,133) Stock Watch (39) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update







APO Group Partner




GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member



Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera