By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has filed his reply against the petition of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore who is challenging the conduct and outcome of the August 9 governorship election at the state Election Petition Tribunal.
Filing the reply on Thursday, 25th September, 2014 at the tribunal sitting situated on the premises of the Osun state High Court, Osogbo, Aregbesola’s counsel, Mr Kunle Adegoke stormed the sitting with the witness statements of about 600 witnesses proposed to defend the election.
Aregbesola, who was the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate at the election is the first respondent in the petition, while the APC is the second respondent.
APC had earlier filed its reply against the same petition, with compilation of about 600 witnesses.
Adegoke said the witnesses, whose statements were being filed were real voters at the election, while the ones earlier filed on behalf of the second respondent were majorly polling agents.
He said the reply was to the effect that the petition filed by the PDP and its candidate was baseless and should be dimissed by the tribunal.
Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti, who was among the witness listed, after deposing to his witness in the court, said, the petition against the re-election of his principal would fail.
The SSG argued that it was to the knowledge of everybody that the election was peaceful and reflected the wishes of the people as against the allegation of the petitioners.
Adeoti wondered why the PDP could be alleging in the petition that he was distributing money on the election day, accusing PDP leaders and members of perpetrating such act during the keenly contested poll.
He maintained that no malpractice was engaged in by the APC or its leaders to warrant the cancellation of the election, boasting that his party and the governor would eventually be vindicated.
Also, the state Commissioner for Women and Children Affairs, Mrs Mofolake Adegboyega, a witness, said the petition lacked substance and base and would not have any effect on the outcome of the election, because, according to her, wishes of the people prevailed at the poll.