164,072 names injected into 2012 voters register in Ondo, witness says

Ondo state governor, Olusegun Mimiko

More witnesses testify against Mr. Mimiko in the Ondo State governorship election.

A computer analyst, in his testimony, told the Ondo State governorship election petition tribunal, sitting in Akure, that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, injected 164,072 names into the 2012 voters’ register.

The computer analyst, Sunday Afolayan, while giving his testimony before the three-member panel, said that in some local governments and wards, there were cases of irregularities.

The expert was led in evidence by the lead counsel to the Action Congress of Nigeria ACN, Akin Olujimi.

Mr. Afolayan said that in ward seven, unit eleven, of Ondo West Local Government Area, there were 27 cases of irregularities. He said there were multiple entries of names of voters compared to the 2011 voters register.

He said one Oyetibo Dupe was listed twice in the 2011 voters register and three times in the 2012 voters register.

Mr. Afolayan said the magnitude of the evidence gathered in his opinion conclusively proves that there were gross deliberate voters’ data injections into the voters register used for the October 20, 2012 governorship election.

The expert analysed and gave the number of records found; saying 102,472 entries were injected into 2012 voter registers that were not in 2011 voters register.

He said 50,188 multiple entries were injected into the 2012 voter register, where those entries were a single entry in the 2011 voters register.

Mr. Afolayan said 11,412 multiple entries were found in the 2012 voters register where none of such entries existed in the 2011 voters register.

A motion moved by the ACN counsel to allow the expert use an electronic device was struck out by the tribunal on the grounds that it was not in ACN’s prayer.

Among other witnesses that testified for ACN and its candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu, was the state secretary of the ACN in the state, Adegboyega Adedipe, who said that there was crisis at his polling unit even before he was accredited.


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