The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has closed its defense in the petition filed by the Labor Party to contest the result of the February 25 presidential election after calling one witness at the Presidential Election Petitions Court.


At the resumed hearing today, the electoral umpire called one Lawrence Bayode, a Director in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Department of the Commission who admitted that some of the results were downloaded from INEC’s portal.


He also insisted under cross-examination that the results of the February 25 presidential election released by the commission are authentic.


Meanwhile, counsel to the Labour Party, Patrick Ikwueto disagreed, saying the results could not be authentic when they were largely unreadable.


On his part, counsel to President Bola Tinubu, Wole Olanipekun (SAN) said his clients would open their defense in the petition tomorrow.

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