One of the witnesses called by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, at Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, Iboro Joseph Udim, has told the court that the All Progressives Congress, APC is parading fake witnesses.
The witnesses, who stood before the tribunal at the resumed hearing, included the collation agent of the PDP in Ibesikpo Asutan local government, Ubong Jonah; Unit agent of unit 7, Ward 7 in Ukanafun, Ime Umana; Unit Agent for unit 001, Odoro Ikot in Essien Udim, Iboro Joseph Ikanna, who was also the ward collation agent for Odoro Ikot Ward 1. In his oral evidence, Ime Umanah from Ikot Obio Ekpe in Ukanafun said the election was peaceful in the units and his ward, describing as false, an earlier testimony of widespread violence deposed to by an APC witness, Abasiono Udomfu.
He told the tribunal that the said Udomfu was an impostor who never played the role of a party agent on the day of election. Umanah said, “The APC agent in my unit was Mfonma Umana, who happens to be my nephew, he wore the APC tag, and also signed the result sheet of that elections.” Another witness, M. C Akpan, who said he registered in Ikot Udotang, Ward 3, Unit 003, also faulted one David Edet David who had earlier told the tribunal that he was the APC Ward 3 agent in Nsit Atai.
Akpan said, “He is from my ward but unit 001, I saw him at the ward centre but I am not aware that he was representing the APC as collation agent.” He also faulted claims by the said Edet David that PDP masterminded the snatching and hijacking of election materials, and insisted that there were election and collation.