PDP witnesses admit not reading witness statements at Ogun Tribunal - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Monday, July 10, 2023

PDP witnesses admit not reading witness statements at Ogun Tribunal

At the resume sitting of the State Governorship Tribunal in Abeokuta on Monday, one of the witnesses, Ibuowo Ogunbowale, from Sabo Sagamu, during cross-examination was accused of disrupting the electoral process after realizing that his party (PDP) was losing at his polling unit.

Ogunbowale, was cross-examined by one of the counsels to the respondents, Mrs Folake Akinlawon, and agreed to be a member of PDP and a former aspirant on the platform of the party, though he denied his involvement in the crisis that rocked his polling unit.

Another witness, Adeleye Ayomide, also from Sagamu and a member of PDP,  who was cross-examined by INEC and APC counsels affirmed that his lawyer gave him the witness paper and was not aware of the content, while he shockingly confessed that he didn't agree with the provision of the electoral law which stipulated that voters should quietly vacate polling units after voting.

None of them worked as party agents during the polls nor confirmed being molested in any form during the exercise to establish a case of violence against their members as it was alleged by their party.

Another PDP witness, Kehinde Soboyejo, also opted for cutlass as an object of oath-taking.

However, it was revealed after being cross-examined by INEC counsel that he registered in two polling units.

In another development, Adijat Ayodele,  who was also called to testify in favour of PDP admitted not to have read her witness statement before appending her signature.

In the same vein,  Faisal Yusuf,  from Ijoko, Ifo local government, who also came to testify in favour of PDP  told the tribunal that he had been a trader for the past 30 years, but contrary to his claim, his voter's card marked BT 591 read that he was a 'civil servant'.

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