Osun Tribunal: My Witnesses Haven’t Disappointed Me – Aregbesola; APC Opens Defence

Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has said none of his witnesses before the state Election Petition Tribunal hearing the petiton challenging his re-election has ever disappointed him.

He spoke on Friday, 19th December, 2014 after attending the tribunal proceedings, as All Progressive Congress (APC), the second respondent in the case, open defence against the petition.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore, are challenging the re-election of Aregbesola and the APC before the Justice Ikpejime-led tribunal, while the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is joined as the third respondent in the matter.

The governor who said his appearance before the court was to honour the tribunal jurists, described the proceedings as stimulating and impressive.

“The entire proceeding was quite stimulating, I was impressed by the astituteness of my witnesses and none of them actually dissapointed me.

“I still have absolute confidence in this tribunal and I look forward to a good process and an ultimate judgment”, he said

Earlier, the four APC witnesses called for the day, who were party agents during the election have told the panel that the election was properly conducted, free and fair.

The witnesses were Isau Waheed from Ward 5, Unit 5, Ejigbo Local Government; Musa Abdul-Baki from Ward 1, Unit 3, Osogbo Local Government; Opeyemi Olalemi from Ward 2, Unit 1, Atakumosa East Local Government; and Otegbayo Oyebanji from Ward 8, Unit 5, Obokun Local Government.

The witnesses who were led in evidence by the APC Counsel, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, remained unshaken under cross-examination and told the tribunal that accreditations were properly carried out and voting processes were free and fair in their various units.

Oyebanji, who was the last witness for the day subjected everyone into laughter when he said, “I was the first agent they called to sign, but because I won, I said I was going to sign last being the biggest masquerade.

“There was no protest against the processes on that day, we all talked about it, we laugh it off and left”, the witness testified.

All the witnesses told the three-man panel that they all voted for the party of their choice, just as other eligible voters did, adding that nobody was harrassed, intimidated or induced with either money or food in their various polling units.

Being the APC agents in their various units, the witnesses told the court that they stayed throughout the period of the election and witnessed sorting, counting, recording and announcement of the votes after the voting.

They also told the tribunal that they counter-signed the original copies of form EC8A and stamped by INEC presiding officials in their various units, after which duplicate copies were given to them each.

According to each of the witnesses, INEC officials came with all the necessary materials for the election and showed them to everyone, saying, neither voters nor party agents protested against the processes of the election on the said day.

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