Posted by Mayowa Okekale, Abuja | 22 March 2019 | 3,589 times
The Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja has cancelled the results of 17 polling units as the proceedings continue.
As a result of the cancellation, 2,227 votes cast has been deducted from the votes of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Candidate, Mr Gboyega Oyetola, while 1,246 was deducted from the total votes of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke.
Earlier, the Tribunal had upheld the allegation by the PDP candidate on the doctoring of results which led to the declaration of Oyetola as Governor-elect and his swearing-in as Governor.
The tribunal noted the discrepancies between the EC8A Pink copies tendered by PDP and the CTC issued by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), ruling that PDP’s allegations of doctoring of results “is hereby established and upheld” by the tribunal.
“The Tribunal,” according to the judgment, “holds that the CTC should and must be an exact replica of the EC8A pink copies. The discrepancies must therefore be explained and justified by the 1st respondent; INEC.
“In this instant, INEC failed to explain nor justify the alterations and that they failed to call any witness to justify the alterations.
“It therefore holds that the alterations must have been carried out in the absence of the Party Agents to which the Pink copies were issued.
“It holds further that the attempt to explain the alterations on the basis of mere corrections of errors is not acceptable and the fact that the said errors were consistently made in the disputed areas means it was a deliberate action taken.”
PDP’s allegation of doctoring of results was subsequently established and upheld by the Tribunal, leading to the declaration of Adeleke, fondly called Dancing Senator, as the Governor-elect of Osun State.
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