Abeokuta – There was a mild drama at the ongoing Ogun State Governorship Election
Petition Tribunal sitting in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, Thursday, as witnesses disowned copies of election results; forms EC8A, despite identifying their signatures on the documents.
The second Respondent in the Petition number EPT/OG/GOV/01/19, Dapo
Abiodun, the governor of Ogun State, had opened his defence on Wednesday following the closure of petitioner’s case, Adekunle Akinlade, on Tuesday.
Abidoun, through his lead counsel, Professor Taiwo Osipitan (SAN) had
called 13 witnesses on Wednesday but drama started, Thursday when witnesses started disowning documents despite identifying their signatures.
One of the witnesses, Amosun Olusola who told the court that he was an
agent of APC in ward 9 unit 01 in Egbado South local government, said he was not comfortable with the result sheet of his polling units showed to him despite acknowledging his signature on the sheet marked P28.
He said the figures on the result sheet carrying his signature did not represent the scores announced at the polling unit as the exhibit was prone to alteration.
Another witness, Sotayo Bisayo who was an APC agent in Ward II unit 16 of Abeokuta South also toed the line of Amosun despite identifying his signature on result sheets – P4 and P74 – he was confronted with.
When asked by Akinlade’s counsel, Ahmed Raji (SAN), if the result sheet carrying his signature was a replica of what he was given on election day, he said, “It looks like it but I am not sure if it.”
Another drama ensued when an aged agent, Mudashiru Ogunkoya of ward IV
unit V, Remo North local government identified and adopted his statement on oath as evidence-in-chief before the tribunal but later confirmed that he doesn’t know the meaning of what was contained in the statement on oath despite appending his signature.
When confronted with the copies of results sheets in his polling unit, Ogunkoya said he has never seen the pink copy marked Exhibit P22 despite identifying his signature.
Ogunkoya who spoke through an interpreter said he doesn’t know the
meaning of accreditation and won’t know anything about night accreditation.
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