INEC Admits Altering Oyo Guber Poll Result

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Oyo State, yesterday tendered two different results collated during the April 14 governorship election in the state, at the resumed hearing of the election petition filed by the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) gubernatorial candidate, Senator Abiola Ajimobi against the election of Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala.

The two different results have been admitted as exhibits by the tribunal sitting in Ibadan. The Head Operations Department of INEC in the state, Mr. Olubunmi Ariyo admitted that some results were either altered, re-written or cancelled, confessing that the results entered for Alao-Akala were altered on the results sheet.
Led in evidence by the counsel to the petitioner, Adeniyi Akintola, {SAN}, Ariyo  presented the original result sheet where 4,400 votes recorded for the ANPP candidate on the CTC, changed to 440 on the original final result list at the Ibarapa East local government polling units.
The INEC official said, “My Lords, at the Local Government collation Centre in Ibarapa East, the total votes recorded for the ANPP Candidate was 4,400 while at the State collation centre 440 was recorded as the total votes scored by the same Candidate in Ibarapa East Local Government area as shown in form EC8D”.

The witness confirmed that in many units, no voter was accredited despite that votes were recorded and counted while in Ogbomoso South local government, only the PDP agent whose name was given as G.A Awujoola, signed as the party agent in two different wards while no party agent signed the result at all.

The INEC official told the tribunal that there was no accreditation in most of the units in both Ogbomoso South and Ogbomoso North Local Government areas during the election while in ward two unit one of Ogbomoso South, the total number of valid votes cast as recorded in form EC8A was 375 while in form EC8C where the commission had recorded 369 as the total valid cast in the same unit.The INEC official also admitted discrepancies in the recording of votes citing ward 8 unit 1 of the Ogbomoso North, where the number of votes cast on the CTC showed 245 while the original bore 568; unit 2 has 1,052 but 666 votes were recorded on the original; in unit 3, 307votes were recorded against 304votes on the original sheet.In another list presented at the tribunal, 390 was recorded on the CTC against 432 on the original list; 300 against 607; 324 against 328 for ward 8, while in ward 10, 200 recorded against 290 recorded on the original INEC list.In ward II units 1, 2 and 3 of Ogo Oluwa local government, none of the voters was accredited while all the figures as votes cast during the poll initially written were cancelled and not countersigned.In unit 3, the 200 votes which were initially recorded, according to the INEC witness had to be cancelled and changed to 468 votes.Pointing out other areas of non-comformity with the Electoral Act by the INEC officials, the INEC official confirmed that instead of blue ink officially recommended by the INEC for the accreditation of voters, in many lists, black and red inks were mostly used.

– The Punch 

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