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Gov. Abiodun admitted that election was marred with irregularities

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Adekunle Akinlade, the candidate for governor of the Allied Peoples Movement, accused the governor of the state of Ogun, Dapo Abiodun, of admitting irregularities during the governor’s election, telling the court to deduct the votes.

Akinlade, who was the preferred candidate of Ibikunle Amosun, urged the electoral court to petition to invalidate the result that Governor Abiodun produced as winner of the governor’s election and declare him the winner.

He said the elections were full of overvaluations and serious misconduct.

The former legislator also urged the court to disqualify Abiodun for providing “contradictory and false information” on the CF001 form which he presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for his 2015 senatorial elections and submitted to his election commission . of the governor in 2019

Akinlade declared this through his lawyer, Mamman Usman (SAN), when the court resumed Monday the adoption of the last speeches by the signatories and the defendants.

The state governor’s lawyer, Taiwo Osipitan, had urged the court to reject Akinlade’s request, saying he had died on arrival.

Osipitan in his statement stated that the former legislator could call only 34 witnesses from 34 electoral units of the over 122 results of the electoral units he was contesting.

According to Osipitan, even if the court had canceled all the 2,394 votes of the 34 polling stations while praying to Akinlade, Abiodun would have continued to drive, since he would have had 238,389 votes, while Akinlade would have had 219,759 votes, adding that the excessive accusation of vote as claimed The 34 witnesses could not invalidate the election result.

However, Akinlade’s lawyer, Usman, said he had shown that the elections were wrong with the irregularities with all the necessary evidence in court and had shown that the INEC had granted illegal votes to the APC

Usman further stated that the allegations of overvaluation raised by the petitioners were never contradicted by the defendants, adding that the court had sufficient evidence before him.

In his petition, Akinlade had asked the court to cancel all the votes in all the electoral units in which there was a vote, in accordance with the electoral law.

In a document before the court, it was inferred that Abiodun had previously agreed to separate with 25,302 votes asking the court to remove 15,905 of Akinlade’s votes in the 20 local state governments.

This, according to Abiodun, would entail the elections of the governor on March 9, 216.302 and 206.248 respectively for APC and APM.

Akinlade, in response to Abiodun’s call, declared that the cancellation of the votes in all the electoral units in which the vote took place was the position of the law.

He asked the Court to deduct 121,821 from the votes of Abiodun and 58,955 from his (Akinlade) votes, a figure he claimed to have reached when he removed the votes from the voting units in which the votes were conducted throughout the state.

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According to Akinlade, this would translate into him with 163,198 votes and Abiodun with 119,849 against 221,153 and 241,670 votes declared by the INEC for APM and APC respectively.

He also said he would get 25% or more of valid state-wide votes to emerge, winner of the election, and stressed that Abiodun has already admitted that the elections that returned him as governor were marred with irregularity by asking the court to deduct from your votes

On the accusation that Abiodun provided false information in exhibitions P331 and P331A, which are INEC CF001 modules he presented for his senatorial elections in 2015 and the one presented for his governor’s career in 2019, Osipitan argued that everything he should do With the CF001 form it was a pre-election that the court could not entertain.

He added that several courts had ruled on a similar case in favor of Abiodun, stating that Akinlade should have gone to court 14 days after the documents were presented to INEC and not after the elections.

Osipitan maintained that Abiodun only said he attended the University of Ife but never claimed to have graduated from the university, asserting that “attendance of a university is not the same as graduation.”

But Usman told the tribunal that his colleague, Osipitan displayed ignorance due to lack of knowledge of Section 131(1)(E), which is a 2015 amended version of the Electoral Law 2010.

According to Usman, “The amendment provides an additional ground for an Election Petition, which is that the person whose election is being questioned submitted to INEC, an affidavit containing false information of a fundamental nature to support his qualification for the election.”

He spoke further that the petitioners were not interested in Abiodun’s educational qualification, but they were challenging the contradiction and inconsistency in his 2015 and 2019 INEC Forms CF001, emphasising that the amended electoral act has shown that issues bordering on falsehood “is not a pre-election matter.”

He said if the tribunal juxtaposed the two forms, it would discover that Abiodun presented false information to INEC to aid his election, adding that Form CF001 is a certificate.

Usman added that the 2015 Form CF001 was still in existence, not withdrawn by Abiodun as at 2019 when he was contesting to be a governor.

Speaking further, he said Abiodun having sworn to an oath before the court, committed perjury, urging the tribunal “not only to disqualify him, but to also invalidate his election and declare Akinlade the winner, as he (Abiodun) must not be allowed to benefit from illegality.”

Meanwhile, the Justice Yusuf Halilu-led tribunal has reserved judgement.

The tribunal said it would serve all parties two days notice prior to the day of judgement.