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Adebutu, the PDP summon a preacher, a cloth vendor, and others as witnesses in court

Jul 18, 2023 | 2023 Elections | 0 comments

The Peoples Democratic Party and Ogun State gubernatorial candidate Ladi Adebutu have brought 56 witnesses, including a clergyman who testified against Dapo Abiodun before the election petition tribunal.

Adebutu and the PDP summoned six witnesses on Monday to support his claim that Abiodun won the election due to anomalies.

Gordy Uche, the petitioners’ lawyer, told the tribunal he would summon 65 additional voters, party agents, and opposition party members.

The witnesses were:

  • 67-year-old priest Olorunwa Tunwase.
  • Clothing merchant Kushimo Olamide.
  • Dealer Asimolowo Abike.
  • Balogun Muhammed.
  • Mulikat Akorede.
  • Photographer Thomas Abiodun.

Ogun Waterside, Ado-Odo/Ota, and Abeokuta North LGAs provided the witnesses.

Under cross-examination, witnesses informed the tribunal that thugs entered their polling stations and obstructed voting and counting.

Remi Olatubora (SAN) of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Taiwo Osipitan (SAN) of Abiodun, and Afolabi Fashanu (SAN) of the APC cross-examined them.

The priest testified that violence cancelled the election at his polling locations.

“Please don’t taint my statement,” he added. Violence cancelled my polling unit elections.”

The petitioners’ attorney assured the panel that Tuesday would bring additional witnesses.

The Hamidu Kunaza-led tribunal was delayed until July 18.

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