PDP witnesses tell Ogun tribunal how thugs disrupt governorship election at Gov Abiodun's hometown, Iperu Remo - NIGERIAN NEWSORBIT


Thursday, July 13, 2023

PDP witnesses tell Ogun tribunal how thugs disrupt governorship election at Gov Abiodun's hometown, Iperu Remo

Witnesses from Iperu-Remo, hometown of Governor Dapo Abiodun, in Ikenne Local Government Area of Ogun State, on Wednesday told Ogun State Governorship Election Election Petition Tribunal sitting at Isabo, Abeokuta of how some thugs wearing masks disrupted the March 18 governorship election at the town in Ikenne Local Government which is the home town of Abiodun's main challenger in the election, Hon Ladipupo Adebutu.

Those who gave testimonies in support of a petition filed against Gov Abiodun by the candidate of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), Ladi Adebutu include Prince Abiodun Shotiwa, Oluwafunmilola Desalu, Adekoya Babatunde, Muibat Ariyo Adeola and Rafiu Akeem

PDP and Adebutu in the petition marked, EPT/OG/GOV/03/2023 are challenging the victory of Abiodun based on alleged non-compliance to the Electoral Act and corrupt practices during the election.

At the hearing on Wednesday, lawyer to the petitioners, Gordy Uche (SAN) called more witnesses who were voters, party agents and members of the opposition party, from Iperu-Remo in Ikenne LG.

They were cross-examined by Dr Remi Olatubora (SAN) representing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Taiwo Osipitan (SAN) for Abiodun and Muiz Banire (SAN) who appeared for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The witnesses told the tribunal that thugs allegedly loyal to the ruling party had invaded their respective polling units and disrupted voting and counting of votes during the March 18 election.

While being cross-examined, Desalu recalled that when votes were about to counted, masked men on different motorcycles stormed her polling unit and started shooting sporadically.

According to her, voters and INEC officials ran to safety and this, she said, brought about the cancellation of votes in the polling unit.

The prophetess expressed dissatisfaction that over 500 voters in Unit 006, Imosan in Ikenne Local Government were disenfranchised by the incident.

She, however, said she did not report the incident to the police, as the event was witnessed by the police and other security agents.deployed for the exercise.

On his part, Akeem said the political thugs asked voters who were not voting for APC to vacate the units before they eventually disrupted the exercise.

"They (thugs) came to our polling unit and said 'if you know you're not voting for APC, you must leave here now.' That's why everyone left.

"I didn't report the matter at the police station because a police officer was on ground and he witnessed all the drama and disruption of the process," he said.

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