INEC deleted presidential election results from FCT BVAS - Forensic expert
In a recent hearing at the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) in Abuja, a digital forensic expert named Hitler Nwuala testified that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) intentionally deleted all the presidential election results from the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) machines in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). 

Nwuala, the 26th witness for Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), stated that he examined 110 BVAS devices used during the elections in the FCT and found that all the machines had their data deliberately erased. 

He argued that INEC's justification for deleting the results under the pretext of preparing for the governorship election on March 18 was unnecessary, as the FCT did not hold a governorship election. 

Despite objections from the respondents, the court admitted Nwuala's report as evidence. 

The witness explained that he worked with 110 BVAS machines from the FCT, which formed the basis of his forensic report, but he was uncertain when the results were deleted. 

During cross-examination, INEC challenged Nwuala's claims, arguing that his findings were inaccurate because he did not inspect all the machines. 

The witness defended his stance, stating that accessing the machines directly would compromise the evidence, and it was ethically incorrect to tamper with evidence relied upon in a court of law. 

The court's chairman informed the counsel that the allotted time for cross-examination had ended, preventing further inspection of the BVAS machines. 

Meanwhile, Atiku and the PDP continued their legal battle against the declaration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the winner of the election. 

They submitted certified exhibits from four additional states, which were certified true copies of INEC's Form EC8A used during the presidential election. 

Despite opposition from INEC, Tinubu, and the All Progressives Congress (APC), the court admitted the exhibits. Further hearings on the petition have been adjourned until Friday, June 23.


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