IBADAN — THREE years after his removal from office, former Governor Olusegun Agagu of Ondo State has petitioned the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mrs. Aloma Muktar, asking her to intervene since the police have discovered that the State Security Service, SSS, reports used to dislodge him were forged.
Agagu was removed from office in 2009 after the Court of Appeal delivered judgment in favour of the Labour Party, LP, candidate, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko.
In the petition which was made available in Ibadan, Dr. Agagu stated that the results which gave victory to the LP was fraudulently obtained through the forged SSS reports.
Making allusion to the report of investigation by the police which was signed by Ali Amodu (Commissioner of Police, Special Investigation Unit, Force Headquarters, Abuja), he said, “it is against public interest for a party in a suit to produce fraudulent evidence to deceive the court into giving him a favourable judgment”.
The petition dated 28th September, 2012, argued that the tribunal relied on the reports in nullifying the elections in 10 local government areas won by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The petition which was entitled, ‘The Travesty of Justice In My Removal As Governor of Ondo State’, he alleged that deliberate inflation of votes for the LP in the affected councils, as well as deliberate reduction of PDP votes, were responsible for his removal.
Agagu alleged further that the Justice G.N. Nabaruma-led panel “inflated votes in two of the seven undisputed local government areas and these manipulations were upheld by the Court of Appeal”.
He listed the affected councils as: Akoko South West whose votes were allegedly inflated from 34,840 to 38,840, and Owo from 34,427 to 34,457.
These errors, he argued, made the PDP lose 4,030 votes.
He stated further in the petition that PDP votes in Akoko North West were also reduced.
There are 10 wards in the local government and election from Ajowa Ward 05 was the only one disputed and its result was cancelled by the tribunal. This cancellation ought to have given the PDP 9,850 votes and the LP 10,426 votes”.
When the judgment was delivered, he said the panel gave PDP 3,063 and LP 10,426.
According to Agagu, the Chairman of the Labour Party then, Dr. Olaiya Oni, admitted that the nine SSS reports tendered before the court “were parts of the massive pieces of documents that were brought to the party secretariat by different people and he handed over the documents to the legal team for analysis and legal use”.