Benin City - ounsels representing the All Progressives Congress (APC), Independent National electoral Commission (INEC) and Governor Godwin Obaseki were, yesterday, able to pile more pressure on the petitioners of the September 28, 2016 gubernatorial election in Edo State.
This was as a witness; Professor Edoba Omoregie fluffed his testimony by claiming not to know whether he was accredited before voting.
Furthermore, the Professor of Law at University of Benin (UNIBEN) strengthened the respondents’ case when he said under cross-examination that his party had agents in all the polling units in ward nine, and none of them reported any anomaly to him as the ward collation agent of the PDP.
Besides, another witness, Mr. Jonathan Ogie Alohan has confessed to have cobbled together uncertified documents to prepare his witness adoption statement, which he swore under oath. This is as Alohan, the witness, testified to have signed the result sheet in error”.
Alohan, who claimed to have voted in the September 28, 2016 gubernatorial election said there was no accreditation, but added that, “I signed the result sheet after the election. I signed in error”.
However, Professor Edoba, whose testimony was not found wanting in comedy and drama soon found himself cautioned by the Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice A.T. Badamasi who asked him to listen properly to the respondent’ Counsels and proffer answers to his questions.
Moreover, Edoba who had initially denied ever appearing as a Counsel for the petitioner at the tribunal soon recanted his claim when it became clear to him that his appearance was recorded by the Tribunal and was announced severally in Court for the petitioner.