Capt. Joe Agada has alleged that result of the 2023 presidential election in Kogi State was rigged.
At the resumed proceedings of the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) in Abuja on Thursday, Agada, the first witness of the People Democratic Party (PDP), alleged that the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) devices were manipulated in the last presidential election and that he was forced to sign the results as the state collation officer in Kogi State.
Agada who is a retired captain stated this during his cross-examination at the Presidential Election Petition Court where the outcome of the February 25 election is being challenged.
According to him, officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC officials) vowed not to give him a copy of the result to take back to his party, unless he signed the document.
Led in evidence by Atiku’s lead counsel, Chief Chris Uche, SAN, the witness, maintained that result of the presidential election in Kogi State, was rigged.
“My lords, apart from where I voted, which was at Ogene- Oforachi village in Ogugu Ward in Kogi State, I also served as my party’s State Collation Agent.
“I had a tag and a vehicle with a sticker that identified me as being on election duty. The exemption tag which was issued to me by INEC, allowed me to move around on the election day.
“I had the opportunity of visiting some highlighted polling units in my LGA, even though I did not visit all the polling units,” Agada said.
Agada served as State Collation Agent for the PDP in 2015 and also appeared as a witness in the 2019 presidential election dispute between Atiku and former President Muhammadu Buhari.