Governorship polls: Contractions trail Peoples Democratic Party witnesses’ statement at election tribunal proceedings

The proceedings of Ogun State Election Tribunal sitting in Abeokuta recorded a mild development on Wednesday when some of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) witnesses confessed to have used different signatures in their witness statements, other than the one they used regularly on daily basis.

Penpushing reports that one of them Ademola Adewale, after admitting to using a different signature in his witness statement also denied a part of his statement to the effect that he saw many voters at his Polling Unit ready and willing to vote but were disenfranchised.

The proceedings in similar development showed another witness of the party, Alhaji Abiodun Sotinwa, from Iperu, in Ikenne local government area of the state, also admitted to having used a signature different from his regular signature for daily activities.

Penpushing further reports that during cross examination Sotinwa was later caught to have lied about his membership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and in a related development Olufunmilola Desalu, a fashion designer also from Iperu who was invited as witness expressed surprise that her statement was the same as that of Sotinwa, although, she claimed not to have authored the witness statement.

The two statements were discovered to be word for word, presentation for presentation after counsel to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) thoroughly scrutinized the statements, and when further grilled by the counsel of the electoral commission on the reason for the similarities, she declared that the lawyer was in a better position to answer that question.

Penpushing also reports that a trader, Ariyo Adeola, from Iperu, whose statement did not contain necessary details came to testify in favour of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as she admitted to being the wife of the Chairman of the party in the local government, but, however, denied being the ward woman leader of the party.

The proceedings equally observed that another witness Rafiu Hakeem Aro, from Iperu, who is a trader, was also called by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as a witness, and during cross examination he told the tribunal that his witness statement was not written by him.

Penpushing reports following the series of contradictions and inconsistencies on the part of all the witnesses, their counsel of the opposition party prayed the court for adjournment.

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