INEC staff deliberately voided votes in Ekiti election, witnesses tell tribunal

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A petitioners’ witness in the ongoing Ekiti Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, yesterday, said staff of INEC during the July 14 Ekiti election deliberately voided votes for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The witness, Omobuljo Bankole, who said he was present during the process, said that the PDP votes were specifically voided in Unit 009, Ward 4 of Ido -Osi Local Government Area.

The petitioners, the PDP and its candidate in the Ekiti July 14 governorship election, Prof. Olusola Kolapo, had approached the tribunal to challenge the outcome of the election.

The respondents in the suit were INEC, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Gov. Kayode Fayemi.

During the cross-examination by APC counsel, Abiodun Owonikoko (SAN), the witness stated that PDP scored more than 119 votes during the election in his unit.

The witness was one of the 69 witnesses hitherto called by the petitioners to prove their case before the Justice Suleiman Belgore-led three man panel sitting at the FCT High Court in Apo.

Other witnesses called yesterday by the petitioner also informed the tribunal in their written statements on oath, of deliberate voiding of votes by INEC officers and over-voting in their respective polling units where they served as PDP agents.

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