Tribunal turns down Atiku’s star witness request to amend statement

The Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) on Friday turned down the request by the National returning Officer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the last presidential election, Osita Chidoka to amend his written statement on oath.

Chidoka, who came to testify  as the petitioners’ fourth and star witness was asked by the petitioners’ lawyer, Chris Uche to identify and adopt his written statement, as was the case with other earlier witnesses, only for him to sought for an amendment before he will adopt as his statement in the case before the court.

 When reminded that it was his written deposition (statement on oath), Chidoka pleaded further that some portions needs amendment of his before he will adopt it as statement in the case before the court.

The court however rejected Chidoka’s request to amend, saying having signed as his, he could no longer amend.

Under cross examination minutes after, Chidoka admitted that he has never seen the purported server allegedly utilized by INEC to transmit results.

When asked if he witnessed the transmission of the results electronically to the server, Chidka said no, admitting that  he got the idea of server via statements made by INEC Chairman.

When question was put at him on the server number, Chidoka said he did not know the number or address of the server and where it is located, but that a whistle-blower provided information about the existence of the server.

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