The National and State Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Oyo State, has nullified the petition of Senator Abiola Ajimobi and upheld the victory of Sen. Kola Balogun of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Oyo South Senatorial District in the Feb. 23 National Assembly election.
Insideoyo news today recalls the three-man panel of the tribunal chaired by Justice Anthony Akpovi, with Justice Sambo Daka and Justice Chinyere Ani as members, unanimously upheld Balogun’s victory.
Here are three cogent reasons why the Tribunal dismissed former Oyo governor, Abiola Ajimobi’s peition against Kola Balogun:
1. In the judgement, the lead judge said that most of the witnesses called by the petitioner to tender the results of polling units were ward collation agents and not the proper persons to tender the results.
2 The testimonies of the ward collation agents could not be accorded any probative value because they were not the makers of the documents tendered.
3. Ajimobi and APC serving as petitioners based their testimonies on the card reader result without calling the maker to testify, while no witness was also called in regarding voters’ accreditation register.
4. Akpovi said that the malfunctioning of the card reader could not invalidate the voter’s register. He said that most of the witnesses called by the petitioner were not relevant and that their testimonies were mere hearsay.
5. The petitioner failed to prove all the allegations in the petition beyond reasonable doubt.