Osun tribunal: Witnesses Ruined Adeleke’s case


Proceedings resumed on Monday before the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja with the petitioners, Senator Ademola Adeleke and the PDP calling 10 more witnesses.

However, maximum of the witnesses proved vain to the petitioner as they couldn’t substantiate their claims.

The petitioners – the PDP and its candidate Senator Ademola Adeleke – are contesting the final results of the election gained by way of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adegboyega Oyetola.

The 10 witnesses referred to as on Monday by using the petitioners brought to 34 the number of witnesses to this point referred to as by the petitioners, who deliberate to name over 100.

All the witnesses called on Monday, maximum of whom were barely literate artisans, alleged that there was over-vote casting on the polling units where they served as dealers of the PDP.

Some of the witnesses could not read the statements they claimed to have signed and adopted earlier than the tribunal on Monday as their evidence in leader inside the case.

The witnesses, most of whom may also now not express themselves fluently in English language, had been but not able to substantiate their allegations of over-vote casting.

When asked, underneath pass-exam, to provide evidence of their claimed over-balloting, the witnesses would point to some changes inside the end result sheets tendered earlier than the courtroom.

When reminded, through respondents’ lawyers, that they signed the said result sheets on their personal volition, the witnesses claimed to have signed after protesting.

At a point, some of the witnesses became unruly as they refused to reply questions below cross-examination, thereby necessitating occasional intervention by using tribunal’s Chairman, Justice Ibrahim Sirajo.

Some of the witnesses, additionally confessed, below move-exam, that they had been no longer the real PDP’s dealers, whose names have been submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) earlier than the election.

One of the witnesses, Mrs. Victoria Fadeke Alo admitted that it changed into truely every other agent – Ilesanmi Samson Taiwo – who signed the result sheet as agent of the PDP inside the polling unit she claimed to have represented the party.

Under pass-exam by Wole Olanipekun (SAN) who appeared for Oyetola, Mrs Alo admitted that she changed into now not the Ilesanmi Samson Taiwo, whose name regarded at the end result sheet as the PDP agent.

Another witness, Oyedokun Wasiu Soyode, who said he acted as PDP agent at Polling Unit nine, Ward five in Ejigbo Local Government additionally admitted now not being the real agent whose call became despatched to INEC.

Soyode, who changed into move-examined by means of John Baiyeshea (SAN), who took over from Olanipekun, said his name was no longer at the list of party sellers despatched to INEC.
He said it become his brother, Lateef Taiwo, who become the unique agent whose call become despatched to INEC, but took ill on the election day and became later admitted in the hospital.
He said the development knowledgeable why he become asked to take his brother’s place.

Also, Shehu Mufutau Alani , who stated he acted as PDP agent in Unit 8, Ward 7, Iwo Local Government, also admitted now not being the birthday party agent, whose name turned into submitted to INEC.

He said one Fadirat Isiaka, whose call become submitted fell sick few day before the election, a improvement that informed his desire as a replacement.

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