Ogun State governorship election petition tribunal in Abeokuta was flooded with witnesses from Iperu-Remo, Ikenne Local Government Area, on Wednesday.
Petitioner Ladi Adebutu and Respondent Governor Dapo Abiodun both hail from the same city of Iperu.
The March 18 governor’s race had two significant candidates: Abiodun and Adebutu.
According to Infostride News, Adebutu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is contesting the election results before the tribunal, which favor Abiodun of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Today, the tribunal resumed hearing the petition, and several Iperu natives testified as witnesses.
Remi Olatubora, for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Taiwo Osipitan, for Governor Abiodun, and Muiz Banire, for the governing APC, each took a turn cross-examining the witnesses.
Prince Abiodun Shotiwa, Oluwafunmilola Desalu, Adekoya Babatunde, Muibat Ariyo Adeola, and Rafiu Akeem are only few of the Iperuan witnesses.
They posed as Iperuan voters, party representatives, and members.
The witnesses testified before the tribunal that violence and disruption at the polling places occurred during the March 18 election.
Desalu testified under cross-examination that as the results were being tallied, masked guys on many motorcycles assaulted her polling unit and began firing randomly.
She claims that the voting unit was nullified because voters and INEC officials fled for their lives.
The prophetess was upset that the incident had prevented around 500 people from voting in Imosan Unit 006 in Ikenne Local Government.
There were police officers and other security workers there during the incident, but she decided not to file a report.
After asking voters to leave the apartments, the thugs allegedly proceeded to disrupt the process.
They (the thugs) showed up at our polling place and demanded, ‘If you know you’re not voting for us, you must leave here now.’ Everyone left because of that.
“I didn’t report the matter to the police station because a police officer was on ground and he witnessed all the drama and disruption of the process,” he explained.
According to the Infostride News, Justice Hamidu Kunaza presided over a tribunal where the petitioners presented testimony from 35 witnesses.
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