Hitler Nwala, a witness for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), testified before the presidential election petition tribunal on Thursday that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had erased the results of the February 25 election from all 110 Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) machines in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) that he had examined.
This was said by Nwala, a forensic analyst, when he was being questioned by PDP counsel Chris Uche (SAN) during the resumed hearing of the petition that the party and Atiku Abubakar, its presidential candidate, filed to contest President Bola Tinubu’s election victory.
The witness, however, said he did not know at what point the results were deleted on the machines.
Under cross-examination by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) counsel, Abubakar Mahmoud (SAN), the forensic analyst said he attached a standard device to the machine to arrive at the conclusion.
When he was informed that the inspection of 110 BVAS out of 3,163 machines deployed in the FCT represented only 3.4 percent of the total number of BVAS deployed in the FCT and 0.06 percent of such deployed nationwide, Nwala admitted that he only compiled the report and didn’t take out time to calculate the percentages.
The panel, thereafter, adjourned the hearing of the petition till Friday.