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… As witnesses distance selves from INEC results
Polling agent for the All Progressives Congress Congress at ward 9, Unit 1 Egbado South local government during the last governorship election in Ogun state, Mr. Amosun Olusola has appeared before the Election Petition Tribunal to testify against the candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) on Thursday.
During cross-examination, the petitioner’s counsel Raji Ahmed SAN. who grilled the testifier asked Olusola if he could spot his signature on the form EC8A and he answered yes.
But despite the admittance of his signatures, Olusola added that he is not comfortable with the result sheet of his polling units despite acknowledging his signature on the sheet marked P28.
He added that the figures on the result sheet carrying his signature did not represent the scores announced at the polling unit as the exhibit might have been altered.
It should, however, be recalled that the Governor of the Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun who is the second respondent in the Petition number EPT/OG/GOV/01/19, had opened his defence on Wednesday following the closure of the petitioner’s case, Adekunle Akinlade, on Tuesday.
The Governor’s lead counsel, Professor Taiwo Osipitan (SAN) had called 13 witnesses on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the entire court was thrown into laughter when three of the witnesses toed Olusola’s line rejecting their documents despite identifying their signatures.
When confronted with the pink copy of form EC8A used in his polling unit which has already been admitted as exhibit by the Tribunal, the 52-year-old Olatunde hilariously said he could not read the figures on the result sheet.
He said, “I can’t confirm it. I know our party wins the election, I can’t confirm the score on the form (EC8A,) I can’t recollect what my party scored.
Another witness, Sotayo Bisayo who was an APC agent in Ward II unit 16 of Abeokuta South also corroborated the other witnesses.
When he was asked by Raji if the result sheet carrying his signature was a replica of what he was given on the 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 said he has educational limitation.
While being cross-examined, Ogunkoya confirmed that he doesn’t know the meaning of what was contained in his 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 before despite identifying his signature.
Ogunkoya who claimed to be educated only to primary 3 level sought the help of an interpreter to communicate to the tribunal.
When Raji asked if he understands what accreditation is, he said he doesn’t know the meaning of accreditation and won’t know anything about night accreditation.
Considering his educational level and his dramatic conduct at the tribunal, the Counsel to the All Progressives Congress in the matter, Abeeb Ajayi could not cross-examine the witness.
When Ajayi stood up for the cross-examination, he said, “All I want to say is that thank you for coming.”
Meanwhile, Justice Yusuf Halilu who was the Chairman of the three-man panel remarked that he knew the Tribunal was in for a drama immediately the witness entered the court saying, ‘and it was a dramatic session.”