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How an N-Power Beneficiary was allegedly forced to sign result sheet for poll that ensured Buhari’s reelection

An N-Power beneficiary and agent of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mohammed Tata has told the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja that he was forced to sign the result sheet for the February 23 presidential election in his polling unit in Jigawa State.

Tata, the petitioners’ fifth witness testified on Monday at the instance of the PDP and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, who are by their petition challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Under cross-examination by the lawyer representing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Yunus Usman (SAN), Tata said there was no election in his polling unit.

He said results were merely allocated and he was forced to sign the result sheet or be ejected as a beneficiary of the N-Power Scheme.

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He said the 700 votes which the INEC’s lawyer claimed the APC scored in the unit was false.

He said, “All the people signed because they were asked to sign. They said they will remove me from N-Power if I did not sign.

“We signed the results because of harassment and intimidation.

“I don’t know if the agent of APC signed because there was no election in my polling unit sir.”

Responding to the claim that APC scored 700 in the polling units, Tata said, “It was not scored because there was no election in that polling unit.”

He debunked INEC lawyer’s suggestion that he appeared in court to testify because he was aggrieved by the outcome of the election.

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He said, “Sir, my lord I’m Muslim, I believe in destiny.

“Whether PDP or APC wins is not my concern, what I need is justice in my country.”

Asked to respond specifically if he was happy with the outcome of the election, he said, “I’m not happy with what happened.”

However, fielding question from Buhari’s lawyer, Yusuf Ali (SAN), the witness said he was still benefiting from ‎the N-Power Scheme. The N-Power programme is one of the Social Investment Programmes of the Nigerian Government.

The scheme currently engages no fewer than 500,000 youth graduates deployed to provide public health services in teaching, health, agriculture and tax and monitoring.

It also engages another 200,000 non-graduates in training or on attachment to organisations as interns.

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Tireni Adebayo

Tireni Adebayo is the Editor of Kemi Filani News. She has BSC in Mass Communication from the Redeemer's University and M.A in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos (2014 - 2015) where she majored in Public Relations and Advertising and Digital Media.  When she is not writing, she is either listening to music or reading her favorite books. Tel: +2348061000090 Address: Herbert Macaulay, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria Email: [email protected]

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