FeaturedPolitics

INEC Used 4,899 Ballot Papers To Rig For Abiodun -Adebutu

The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun state, Oladipipo Adebutu has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission of using not less than 4,899 ballot papers to rig for the state governor, Dapo Abiodun.

Adebutu in his petition filed against the All Progressives Congress and it’s candidate, Abiodun, said irregularities took place in about 845 polling units in various local government areas of Ogun State, including Ado-Odo/Ota, Ijebu North, Imeko-Afon, Ipokia, Yewa South, Ifo, Sagamu, Obafemi-Owode and others.

The PDP candidate through his counsel, Chris Uche, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, claimed that INEC Presiding Officers, told the Ogun State election petition tribunal sitting in Abeokuta, to nullify the victory of Abiodun

INEC had declared Abiodun winner of the March 18 governorship election, having scored 276,298 votes to defeat Adebutu with 13,915 who polled 262,383 votes.

The petitioners claimed that Abiodun was not duly elected by majority of lawful votes cast at the election and that he was, at the time of the election, not qualified to contest the election.

They claimed that there was: “over voting; votes cast more than the total number of voters accredited; alteration on Certified True Copies of results sheets not reflected on duplicate copies given to party agents; polling units without corresponding voting points result sheets; over and/or under balloting; and non-compliance with mandatory stipulated methods and steps.”

Others are: “Discrepancies between results sheets and digital accreditation records from the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS); discrepancies between result sheets and records on Voters’ Registers; the improper additions of figures on EC8A, EC8B and EC8C; alterations of information on customized result sheets; alterations of figures on result sheets; gross misconduct of electoral officers; the misappropriation of Ballot Papers and non-accounting of Ballot Papers.”

“INEC Presiding Officers, contrary to the provisions of the Electoral Act, allowed persons who were not accredited with the BVAS machines to vote at the said election,” adding that in 34 polling units, the total votes cast were more than the total number of accredited voters as recorded on the BVAS machine.

“One of the polling units is Ita Emilandu, Imeko Ward of Imeko-Afon Local Government, where the PDP claimed the total number of voters captured by BVAS was 216, but the sum of votes recorded was 1,322. With four votes rejected in the polling unit, the petitioners said the figure was inflated with 1,110 votes.

“In OOLG school, Magboro, Ofada Ward of Obafemi-Owode LG, the party said that 230 persons were accredited by the BVAS machine, but 494 votes were recorded for the parties.

“Likewise, Lafenwa Village Square in Iju Ward, Ado-Odo/Ota LG, 162 voters were reportedly accredited, but 293 votes were recorded on the INEC result sheets.

“One of such is Oja Ale polling unit in Ado-Odo Ward 1, Ado-Odo/Ota LG, where the total number of registered voters was 117, but 357 persons were allegedly indicated as having been accredited on the Form EC8A.

“In 10 polling units, the total number of accredited voters as recorded on Form EC8A’s was reportedly more than the number of Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) collected for those polling units.

“In 121 polling units, the total number of ballot papers used to cast valid votes for all the parties, plus the number of rejected ballot papers and spoilt ballot papers do not equal to the total ballot papers said to have been used in those polling units.

“These unaccounted ballot papers totalled 4, 899 and were thus used to inflate the scores allocated to the 2nd Respondent.

“At Ita Emilandu, Imeko Ward of Imeko-Afon LG, for instance, the petitioners claimed that the total number of ballot papers used, according to Form EC8A, was 216, but the sum of total votes was 1,322.

In some of their prayers, the petitioners said “it may be determined and declared that the 2nd Respondent was not duly elected or returned by a majority of lawful votes cast at the Governorship Election held in Ogun State on 18th March 2023.

“That it may be determined and declared that the 1st Petitioner won the highest number of valid votes cast at the election and satisfied the requirements of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and ought to be returned and is returned as the winner of the Governorship election held in Ogun State on 18th March 2023.

“An order of this Honourable Tribunal setting aside the Certificate of Return dated 20th day of March 2023 wrongly issued to the 2nd Respondent by the 1st Respondent.

“An order directing the 1st Respondent to immediately issue a Certificate of Return to the 1st Petitioner as the duly elected Governor of Ogun State.”

“In the alternative give “an order of this Honourable Tribunal directing the 1st Respondent to conduct fresh election in the 99 polling units which cut across 41 wards and 16 Local Government Areas of Ogun State where elections were either not held and/or cancelled due to disruption and over-voting.

“An order of this Honourable Tribunal directing the 1st Respondent to conduct a fresh election for the office of Governor of Ogun State to the exclusion of the 2nd and 3rd Respondents.

“Any further appropriate consequential relief(s) that this Honourable Tribunal may deem fit and expedient to make in this Petition.”

Do you want to share a story with us? Do you want to advertise with us? Do you need publicity for a product, service, or event? Contact us on WhatsApp +2348183319097 Email: platformtimes@gmail.com

Related Articles

Back to top button