The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday closed its defence in the petition filed by the Labour Party (LP), and its candidate, Peter Obi before the presidential election petition court.
INEC closed its defence when its lone witness, Lawrence Bayode, an information technology practitioner, was led in evidence by the counsel to INEC, Abubakar Mahmoud.
INEC tendered some documents before the court which were admitted and marked as exhibits.
The court then proceeded to call an INEC witness. During cross-examination, Bayode said blurred result sheets downloaded from the result viewing portal do not affect the polling unit results recorded in forms EC8As.
According to him, photographic copies of forms EC8A captured with the bimodal voter accreditation system (BVAS) and transmitted to IReV, are not relevant for the collation of results.
Bayode also told the tribunal that the glitch recorded during the presidential poll did not affect the credibility of election results.
He said only physical results (forms EC8As) are used for collating final election results.
After the witness was discharged, the INEC counsel told the tribunal that there was no other witness to call.
Lead counsel to President Bola Tinubu and Vice-President Kashim Shettima, Wole Olanipekun informed the court that he would open their defence on Wednesday.
Consequently, the Haruna Tsammani-led five-member panel of the court adjourned the hearing until Wednesday.