- Not much progress was made at the Osun governorship election tribunal on Wednesday, January 30
- This was because APC witnesses at the hearing presented contradictory statement that lacked consistency with their earlier testimonies
- Following the confusion that ensued, the hearing was adjourned by the tribunal till Thursday, February 7
Confusion ensued at the hearing of the Osun governorship election tribunal on Wednesday, January 30, as All Progressives Congress (APC)'s witnesses presented conflicting statements against their previous testimonies, Sahara Reporters reports.
In their responses to a confirmation that they had tendered earlier in court that there was over-voting, with no ballot accounting in areas where the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won at the election, the witnesses disagreed with the defendant’s counsel, Abiodun Owonikoko (SAN), and agreed that there was ballot counting contrary to their allegations in their statements.
The APC witnesses were from Ede town, the place of the petitioner, Senator Ademola Nurudeen Adeleke. The ruling party intended to nullify PDP’s votes from the region.
Moreover, the APC's bid to present an electoral document through a witness, who was also the 3rd respondent's ward collation agent, was opposed by Onyechi Ikpeazu, the petitioner’s counsel.
Ikpeazu stated that it was an abuse of court process since the second and third respondents were both defendants in the current case.
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The hearing was adjourned till Thursday, February 7, after the court's decision to uphold the objection of the petitioner’s counsel was announced.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that there was a ray of hope for Senator Ademola Adeleke, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s gubernatorial candidate in Osun when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday, January 24, closed its defence before the state tribunal without calling any witness.
At the hearing, INEC's counsel, Adesina Agbede, applied to close the case. The tribunal also adjourned the hearing till Wednesday, January 30, to enable the Governor Adegboyega Oyetola to begin his defence.
The tribunal is hearing the petition filed by PDP and Adeleke in the governorship election in which he challenged the position by INEC that Oyetola, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, was the winner of the poll.
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