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It was a political shock today at Osun election tribunal sitting in Abuja as witnesses of the Peoples Democratic Party from Iragbiji, the hometown of Gboyega Oyetola, confirmed several cases of over-voting and alterations of form EC8.
Counsel to Senator Ademola Adeleke and the PDP, Emeka Ikpeazu, SAN, had continued the presentation of witnesses to support the petitioner’s case to be declared duly elected Governor of Osun State
A top witness who is a caterpillar operator said the result on pink and white result sheets was doctored, stating that most signatures on the forms were not there originally.
Affirming that the forms were doctored and altered, the witness shouted out that “these are forged I.These are doctored”
The witness from unit 3, ward 4 of Iragbiji, Boripe local government said emphatically that there are over-voting and alteration of form EC8.
Another witness from Iragbiji corroborated the earlier one, pointing out even during cross-examination that over-Voting and doctoring of results sheet was rive during and after the poll.
“The final result is different from what we have after the polling. The final votes for the parties are inflated. A lot of magomago were done”, the witness insisted during cross-examination by the APC and INEC lawyer.
Six other witnesses followed similar lines, calling into question the authenticity of the results and alleging that most figures allocated to the APC were doctored.
Efforts by the defence team to deflect the witness priced abortive.
It would be recalled that on Wednesday PDP witnesses called the attention of the court to strange alterations on a certified true copy (CTC) of form EC8.
This happened when PDP lawyer, Barr. N.O Oke (SAN) asked PDP witnesses to compare the pink copy of form EC8 he collected on election day and the Certified True Copy.
Counsel to APC raised an objection but tribunal Judge overruled his objection and this gave chance for the witnesses to expose discrepancies between the two documents.
Virtually all the PDP witnesses pointed the attention of the judges to alterations on CTC, although INEC and APC lawyers tried to turn the story upside PDP witnesses insisted no alterations on the pink copy which they rely on. Every PDP witness established over voting in their individual polling unit.
All efforts by respondents to maneuver PDP witnesses as those who cannot express themselves fluently in the English language told the court in localised English that “numbers of votes wey INEC announce is much than the number of people wey dem accredit”