PDP agent discredited at Ondo Election Tribunal

Ondo state governor, Olusegun Mimiko

The PDP and others are challenging the election of Olusegun Mimiko of the Labour Party.

A mild drama ensued at the sitting of the Ondo State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal on Monday as a witness who claimed to be an agent of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Adams Lawal, was discovered to have made a false claim.

It was the fifth of the ten days allocated by the tribunal to the candidate of the party, Olusola Oke, to defend his petition and call witnesses.

Mr. Oke’s counsel, Kayode Olatoke, called on Mr. Lawal as the 40th witness. Mr. Lawal had claimed to be the polling agent of the PDP at unit 007, Ward 04 of Oka-Akoko in Akoko South West Local Government Area of the state.

After affirming that he was the author of the deposition made before the secretary of the tribunal on November 10, 2012, wherein he claimed that there was no proper election in his unit on election day, Mr. Lawal was presented by Mr. Olatoke for cross-examination.

Former Ondo State Attorney-General, Eyitayo Jegede, who represented the Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, and the Labour Party, LP, in his opening cross-examination, sought and obtained the consent of the tribunal to tender Form EC8A, which was the result sheet of the concerned unit, as evidence.

He asked the witness, who kept on saying that there was no election at his unit because there was no accreditation of voters, to read the name of the person that signed the sheet on behalf of the PDP.

Mr. Jegede put it to the witness that he was not the same person as Amuwa Benjamin, whose names appeared on the sheet and who signed the document. Mr. Jegede also sought and obtained the consent of the tribunal in tendering a list of names of polling agents submitted by the PDP to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Instead of Mr. Lawal’s name, the list stated clearly that Amuwa Benjamin was the one the PDP sent to represent it at the office of INEC.

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