Witnesses called up by Dapo Abiodu, Governor of Ogun State, at the state governorship election tribunal on Thursday rejected the result sheets presented by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The witnesses denied the documents despite their signature cflearly appended on them.
Governor Abiodun had called the witnesses to open his defence at the tribunal after Adekunle Akinlade, the governorship candidate of the Allied People’s Movement (APM), had approached the tribunal to challenge his victory and that of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the poll.
Some of the 13 witnesses called by the defendant claimed that the results contained in the sheets were alterated.
Upon being exaimed by Ahmed Raji, counsel for Akinlade, Ajao Olatunde, one of the witnesses, said he could not remember what his party scored at his polling unit.
Challenged with with the pink copy of the Form EC8A used in his polling unit which had already been admitted as an exhibit, Olatunde said he could not confirm the figures.
He said, “I can’t confirm it. I know our party won the election, I can’t confirm the score on the form (EC8A). I can’t recollect what my party scored.”
Another witness, Amosun Olusola, who was an agent of the APC in Ward 9 Unit 01 in Egbado South LG, stated that he was unsure about the result sheet of his polling unit showed to him despite acknowledging that his signature was on the sheet, marked P28.
He noted he figures on the result sheet carrying his signature did not represent the scores announced at the polling unit as the exhibit was prone to alteration.
Sotayo Bisayo, who served as the APC agent in Ward II unit 16 of Abeokuta South LG, also said he was unsure about the results documented on the P4 and P74 sheets despite his signature visibly appended on them.
“It looks like it but I am not sure if it is”, Bisayo told Raji during cross-examination.
Proceedings further turned dramatic when Mudashiru Ogunkoya, an aged APC agent who served in Ward 4 Unit 5 in Remo North LG, said he did not know what was contained in the result sheets despite his signature evidently appended on it.
Speaking through an interpreter, Ogunkoya said he could not also confirm if night accredidation occurred as he did not know the meaning of accredidation.
This led to Abeeb Ajayi, counsel for the APC, telling Ogunkoya: “All I want to say is that, Baba, thank you for coming”, as the room was full of laughter.
Another witness, Folarin Akeem, of Unit 1 Ward 1 of Abeokuta South LG said the result of the polling unit was only announced at the collation centre and not at the unit.
He said: “What I see here is the result recorded on that day. The result was not announced at the polling booth but at the collation centre, we only got the result sheet.”