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Published On: Fri, Apr 17th, 2020

Kogi West: I was not a registered voter, PDP witness admits

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By Vivian Okejeme

Adebowale Abayomi, a witness called by Senator Dino Melaye, has admitted before the Kogi State National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja, that he was not a registered voter at the election.
Sen. Melaye, was a Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) candidate in the last Kogi West senatorial election.
Earlier in his evidence before the tribunal, led by Justice Isa Sambo, the witness had told the court that he voted at polling unit 004.
While under cross-examination by Dr. Dapo Otitoju, Counsel to Senator Smart Adeyemi, respondent in the matter, Abayomi, a civil servant admitted that he was not a registered voter in the election.
The witness, who also served as a polling agent in the election said there was no violence in his polling unit.
Otitoju said, ‘’Again, I will be correct to say voting took place up to the point the result was declared?’’.
Abayomi: ‘’Yes!’’
Dr. Otitoju: ‘’Do you have any other name from the one you mentioned?’’
Abayomi: ‘’No!’’
Otitoju: ‘’Where did you vote?’’
Abayomi: ‘’Units 004’’.
Dr. Otitoju: ‘’Take a look at exhibit p25:9 and show the court your name in that exhibit where you claimed to have voted’’.
Abayomi: ‘’My name is not in the register’’
He was given the registered but his name could not be found after 15mins.
He later admitted that his name was not there and he was not a registered voters in that Unit.
Another witness, Abduganiyu Mustapha, a businessman, said there was no violence in the election against his claim in the statement he swore to before the tribunal.
When asked if there was violence during the election, he said, ‘’No, there was none in all the units I monitored’’.
One of the witnesses also called yesterday, Kayode Medibi Friday, said there was no reported case of gun shot during the election.
According to him, no electorate was injured during the election.
When asked if there was a gun shot in his polling unit, he said, ‘’No, no disruption at all!
He continued, ‘’People voted peacefully, results were counted under a conducive atmosphere.’’
At the last sitting of the tribunal, witnesses of the, PDP, and its Candidate, Senator Melaye, failed to substantiate allegation of disruption of the Kogi West Senatorial election in Kogi state.
The PDP candidate had in his petition before the tribunal had alleged irregularities in the November 30, 2019 senatorial election in the state.
Some of the witnesses called before the tribunal yesterday had also in their statement before the tribunal alleged irregularities.
But when they were called upon by the tribunal to testify, they contradicts their claim that the election was marred with irregularities.

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