INEC Reveals Discrepancies In Edo Results!

For two hours yesterday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Head of operations in Edo State, Mr. Olawale Kayode, painted a graphic picture on the series of discrepancies that characterised the April 14 governorship election.

He told the election tribunal yesterday that there were discrepancies in the results of the 12 Local Government Areas which the tribunal ordered to be re-counted.

It was at the resumed hearing of the petition of the Action Congress (AC) candidate, Adams Oshiomhole, challenging Governor Oserheimen Osunbor’s election.

The tribunal last week ordered that the votes cast in the 12 Local Government Areas be re-counted as a result of the controversy that has trailed the results.

Mr. Justice Olabanji Orilonishe had adjourned the matter till yesterday at the instance of Oshiomhole’s lawyer, Mr. Adeniyi Akintola (SAN) to ensure the completion of the re-counting of votes cast in the remaining two Local Government Areas.

When the matter came up yesterday, Kayode told the tribunal that the re-counting ordered by it has been completed.

Kayode told the tribunal that Mr Alex Irotumhe, a lawyer and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) agent, signed Form EC8B in Etsako Central from ward 1-10, except ward 9 which has no result. He also signed Form EC8C in the same local government.

He was, however, cross-examined by INEC lawyer, Mr. Rowland Otaru and the following conversation ensued:

Otaru

: You told the court that you are Head of Operations of INEC in Edo state

Olawale: Yes

Otaru

: Since when were you employed by INEC?

Olawale: 19 years

Otaru

: Can you tell the court the states you have worked?

Olawale: Oyo, Osun and Edo states.

Otaru

: Tell their Lordships when you were transferred to Edo State?

Olawale: November, 2004

Otaru

: As Head of Operations, what are your duties and responsibilities?

Olawale: To take care of management and conduct of elections

Otaru

: It is also the responsibilities as the Head of Operations that the commission always give you responsibility?

Olawale: Yes

Otaru

: I will be right to say that any incident relating to election, you must be informed by electoral officers in all the Local Government Areas?

Olawale: Yes

Otaru

: It was alleged that during the governorship election in Esan North East Ward 9 that there was thuggery, was any report made to you?

Olawale: No

Otaru

: Any incident relating to distruption of election, you must be informed?

Olawale: Yes

Otaru

: It was alleged in ward 9 that one Andrew Egbadon connived with INEC officials in stuffing ballot papers, was there any report made to you officially?

Olawale: No

Otaru

: You will agree with me that the primary evidence of voting in any election is evidence primarily in Form EC8A

Olawale: Yes

Otaru

: In polling unit 2, what is the total score?

Olawale: AC 59, PDP 59

Otaru

: What was the score of polling unit 1 of ward 9?

Olawale: AC 73, PDP 310

Otaru

: It was also alleged that in wards 9 and 10, there was distruption and stuffing of ballot boxes

Olawale: No report to that effect

Otaru

: It was also alleged in seven polling units in ward 9 that armed thugs came to stuff ballot papers at the Apostolic Primary School, were you informed?

Olawale: No report to that effect

Otaru

: There was an allegation that in Idumu-Egbirenhounen Primary School in the same Esan North East, particularly in units 3 and 4, voting was disrupted by armed thugs, was there any report made to you?

Olawale: No

Otaru

: There was also the allegation that Louis Ekata stuffed ballot boxes with stamped ballot papers in units 3 and 4 in ward 9, was any report made to you?

Olawale: No

Otaru

: There was allegation that election materials were not distributed in Esan North East?

Olawale: They were distributed.

Otaru

: Have a look at Exhibit 76, what is that?

Olawale: Allocation of ballot papers to Local Government Areas.

Otaru

: From Exhibit 76 during the governorship election, ballot papers were distributed to Esan North East

Olawale: Yes

Otaru

: Have a look at exhibit 75,EC4C, what is that?

Olawale: Statement of unused and spoilt ballot papers?

Otaru

: That is the unused and spoilt ballot papers for the whole local governments

Olawale: Yes

Otaru

: It constitutes both the governor and the House of Assembly

Olawale: Yes

Otaru

: Have a look at exhibit 77, what is that?

Olawale: Distribution of election material,EC8A

Otaru

: You also distributed election material that is EC8A, EC8B, EC8C to Esan North East and other Local Governments?

Olawale: Yes

Otaru

: The petitioner witnesses also gave evidence that Isaac Osigbe led thugs into the local government particularly Idinama Primary School and carted away ballo boxes in Esan North East, was there any report made to you?

Olawale: No

Otaru

: It was alleged that ballot boxes carted away by Isaac Osigbe was in connivance with INEC officials, is that true?

Olawale: No it is not true

Otaru

: It was alleged in Egware Primary School which is the collation centre that some voters and observers were asked to leave the centre, I will be right to say voters were not permitted to be at the collation centre

Olawale: Only agents or candidates are allowed to be in collation centres

Otaru

: The presiding officer has the right to bar anyone that is unruly from the collation center

Olawale: Yes

Otaru

: No voter is allowed to be in collation centre

Olawale: Yes

Otaru

: It was alleged in Ward 6 in Esan North East that in Idimgbo Primary School that some thugs thumb-printed ballot papers for Akhimienuhue Louis, Bello Isaac and Sunday Akhenade and Oloje Uzea

Olawale: It was not reported to me

At this juncture, Mr. Otaru sought for an adjournment till tomorrow to enable him look at the documents tendered by the petitioner.

But Oshiomohle’s counsel told the tribunal that he would not be around until Friday as he is billed to see his doctor for a medical checkup. He made an oral application that the tribunal should adjourn till Friday and Saturday.

However, Mr. Justice Orilonishe adjourned the matter till December 7 and 8 for the continuation of cross-examination of petitioner’s witness 47 and continuation of hearing.

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