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Buhari vs Atiku: How APC took advantage of bombings in Borno on election day to rig – PDP agent tells tribunal

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A People Democratic Party, PDP, colleague for the presidential elections of 2019 in the Local Government Area of Damboa in the state of Borno, Bukar Bukar Petrol, affirmed that the of All Progressives Congress , APC, took advantage of the bombings that occurred in the city of Damboa during February. 23, 2019 elections to manipulate the election.

Petrol, who was the twenty-seventh petitioner witness, disclosed the Petitions Tribunal for Presidential Elections in Abuja on Thursday.

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He said that due to the situation of insecurity caused by the Boko Haram insurgency in the state of Borno, the 100 voting units in the ten rooms of the Local Government Area of Damboa were located in the facilities of the Local Government Secretariat in the city of Damboa.

The PDP agent stated that the distribution of sensitive electoral materials in the local government area which ought to commence by 4am was deliberately delayed by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, officers till 8am and voting actually commenced at some few minutes past 10am.

Petrol informed the tribunal that in the course of voting, there were bombings in the area which made everybody to scamper to safety.

He said when they returned to the venue of the election, the Civilian Joint Task Force, had taken over the election and the APC allegedly took advantage of the situation to rig.’

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According to Petrol: “When the explosions occurred, everybody ran away. After the explosions, the Civilian JTF took over the election and the 3rd respondent (APC) took advantage of the situation to rig the election.”

Petrol said he subsequently reported the incident to the Divisional Police Officer, the military intelligence, the Criminal Investigation Bureau, the military police, head of the National Orientation Agency and his party, the PDP.