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Kogi Guber Poll: Drama as witnesses disown depositions at tribunal

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There was a light drama on the Kogi State Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja on Monday as some witnesses disowned their depositions earlier than the panel.

4 witnesses from Adavi Native Authorities Space of the state gave their proof for the Social Democratic Social gathering, SDP, earlier than the three-member panel of justices, led by Justice Ado Birnin-Kudu.

The witnesses, when known as, gave nearly the identical narration relating to what transpired the place they voted despite the fact that they have been in several polling models through the November 11, 2023 governorship ballot.

The 4 witnesses, just like the earlier ones, adopted their witness depositions on oath.

Nevertheless, throughout cross-examination by the defence counsel, they made claims completely different from what was within the witness depositions.

When proven their deposition, they disowned it, saying it was not written by them whereas additionally confirming that they weren’t polling brokers however random voters.

One of many witnesses, Rufai Muhammed, who mentioned he was from Adavi Native Authorities, said in his deposition that there was no validly accredited voter for the mentioned election.

Upon cross examination, nonetheless, he mentioned he was validly accredited to vote and he voted.

When his consideration was drawn to his witness deposition on oath, which mentioned there was no validly accredited voter for the election that he witnessed, he denied the deposition, saying he didn’t write it.

One other witness, Yakubu AbdulAzeez, mentioned he stood at a selected level all through the voting interval on election day observing the proceedings, and that it was from that time he noticed that there was over-voting.

AbdulAzeez, who mentioned he stood watching the voting course of, nonetheless, couldn’t stand through the tribunal listening to.

He instructed the panel that he had been affected by a leg downside since 2008 and the panel directed that he ought to be given a seat.

Claiming that he stood for hours in a spot to observe an election that came about in November 2023 thus grew to become a problem of concern.

On his half, Hamza Abdul Azeez mentioned he wrote a letter of criticism to the tribunal that there was over-voting.

However when requested what number of votes every political get together truly scored in his polling unit, he mentioned he didn’t know.

The witnesses mentioned their attorneys wrote their depositions for them, however added that they couldn’t bear in mind the names of the attorneys.

The tribunal adjourned the matter till April 2 after Jibrin Okutepa, SAN, sought an adjournment.

Whereas Chief Kanu Agabi, represented the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee, INEC, Ibrahim Sani Muhammed, appeared for Gov. Usman Ododo, and AbdulWahab Muhammed represented the All Progressives Congress, APC, on the sitting.

The witnesses who testified on Monday have been Hamza Abdul Azeez, Stated Muhammed, Yakubu Abdul Azeez and Rufai Muhammed, all from Adavi Native Authorities Space of Kogi.

It might be recalled that the SDP is difficult the victory of Gov. Ododo of the APC within the November 11, 2023 governorship election within the state.

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