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BREAKING: INEC closes defence in petition by Obi, LP

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Professor Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman

Following the reconvening of presidential election petition tribunal on Tuesday morning, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has opened and closed its defence in the petition by Peter Obi and his party, Labour Party (LP) before the tribunal.l

INEC’s lawyer, Abubakar Mahmoud (SAN), announced the closure of the first respondent’s case after the conclusion of the testimony of its witness, Dr. Lawrence Bayode, a Deputy Director in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Department of INEC.

Mahmoud also tendered some documents in evidence.

The witness, under cross examination, said even if blurred documents were downloaded from IREV, that will not affect the physical results as recorded in Forms EC8As which are not blurred.

Bayode also said said the images of Forms EC8A capture with BVAS and transmitted to IREv are not relevant for the collation of results.

The witness told the court that the glitch recorded during the last presidential election did not affect the collation of results of the election.

Lawyer to President Bola Tinubu and Vice President Kashim Shettma, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN) said his clients will open their defence in the petition on Wednesday.

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