ACN gubernatorial candidate, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, insists that there were several irregularities during last year’s governorship election in Ondo state which negated the results.
Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, the gubernatorial candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, in the October 20, 2012 election in Ondo State, on Tuesday told the election petition tribunal sitting in Akure that the poll was stained by substantial fraudulent practices.
Mr. Akeredolu, who appeared as one of the 80 witnesses presented by him (petitioner) and his party, referred to exhibit P52A, P1H12, P16G12, which include the voters’ register and insisted that the election was characterized by fraud.
He said the tribunal must and can only understand the case by going through the exhibit and relate it with the findings of the experts, noting that both must be connected. He added that there were several cases of double registration where voters appeared twice with different numbers.
The ACN candidate said some invalid registrants whose thumb prints failed to register, were shown to have voted.
The ACN Candidate who was led in evidence by his counsel, Oluwole Aina, said his claims before the tribunal was as contained in his petition.
Mr. Akeredolu was later cross examined by the first, second and third respondents, led by Wole Olanipekun, and was asked whether his agents were in all polling units in the state for the election to which he replied that, his agents were chased from most of the polling units. He added that the ACN only had agents in few polling units.
Mr. Akeredolu said he did not register in Ondo State in 2011 but had a transfer of his voter’s card to Ondo State legally, under section 13 of the electoral act.
When asked which party won his unit, Mr. Akeredolu insisted that he won his unit, saying he was so sure that ACN won the three local governments as recorded by INEC.
He said he accepted the result from Owo, Akoko South West and Odigbo because he felt he should accept it and not because there were no irregularities in those local government areas.
Counsel for the defense, Mr. Olanipekun asked Mr. Akeredolu if his registration was also part of the injections as analyzed by the expert seeing as he had transferred his voter’s card.
Mr. Akeredolu said the expert was very specific in the course of his presentation, adding that there were categories of voters injected and those that might have come under review of voters register or transfer. He then insisted that his registration fell under the category of those whose voter’s card were transferred legally.
He also alleged that INEC intentionally provided ballot papers which were in crumb after two weeks, saying it was difficult if not impossible for any forensic expert to work on that.
The candidate lamented that the highest injection of the voter’s register was in Owo, noting that it was a deliberate attempt to dilute his vote.