Jennifer Smith
Fri, Jul 28, 2023 10:10 PM

PDP Closes Case at Ogun State Election Petition Tribunal with Overwhelming Evidence

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PDP Closes Case at Ogun State Election Petition Tribunal with Overwhelming Evidence
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate, Ladi Adebutu, have officially closed their case before the Ogun State Election Petition Tribunal. With a total of 94 witnesses and over 200,000 documents, including a forensic expert report, the PDP presented overwhelming evidence to challenge the victory of Governor Dapo Abiodun and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election. The tribunal now awaits the presentation of the defense by the respondents.

A strong statement was made today at the Ogun State Election Petition Tribunal as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate, Ladi Adebutu, closed their case after presenting an astonishing number of witnesses and a vast array of evidence. The PDP and Adebutu are challenging the outcome of the Ogun State election held on March 18, which resulted in the victory of Governor Dapo Abiodun and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Over the course of the last two weeks, the petitioners have meticulously compiled their case by bringing forth 94 witnesses. These witnesses included voters and party agents from various local governments across the State, such as Sagamu, Ikenne, Odogbolu, Remo North, Ogun Waterside, Ijebu-Ode, Abeokuta South, Abeokuta North, Ado-Odo/Ota, and more.

The PDP and Adebutu have alleged that elections were marred by disruptions in over 99 polling units, thereby disenfranchising approximately 40,000 voters. To support their claims, they tendered more than 200,000 documents, which encompassed certified true copies of INEC electoral materials, result sheets, voters registers, printouts from the Bimodal Voters Accreditation (BVAS) machines, incident forms, and video evidence, among others. A forensic expert report was also presented to bolster their case.

Chris Uche, the counsel to the petitioners, addressed the press, stating, "We have called 94 witnesses on behalf of the petitioners and we have tendered over 200,000 INEC documents before the court as well as our own documents." Uche further explained that they have concluded presenting their evidence and eagerly await the response from the respondents.

The next step in the proceedings will see the respondents, namely INEC, Abiodun, and the APC, presenting their defense. INEC, which is the first respondent, has revealed that it will call only one witness during its defense.

This development marks a critical juncture in the Ogun State election petition as the tribunal prepares to delve deeper into the evidence presented by both the petitioners and the respondents. The weight of the evidence and the arguments put forward by the PDP and Adebutu will be fiercely scrutinized, and the respondents will have the opportunity to present their alternate version of events.

As the tribunal reconvenes on Wednesday, it promises to be a compelling showdown of legal minds and a crucial chapter in the quest for transparency and justice in the electoral process. All eyes are now on the Ogun State Election Petition Tribunal as it deliberates on this significant case that could potentially redefine the political landscape of the State.

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