Gov. Makinde defeats APC’s Adelabu at election tribunal

Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde

The Oyo State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has upheld the victory of Governor Seyi Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The tribunal sitting in Ibadan on Monday ruled that the testimonies of the ward and local government agents called by the petitioners could not be relied upon.

The Justice Muhammed Sirajo led tribunal added that the agents did not speak the truth but only relied on what they were told by the polling units agents, adding that the said testimony of an eyewitness must come from the polling units agents who witnessed all that happened from the beginning to the end during the election.

The tribunal said that the petitioners also failed to tender necessary documents that would assist members of the tribunal in proving ballot paper accounting.

“The petitioner failed to prove the allegation of non-compliance, non-accreditation, over voting and corrupt practices that would warrant the tribunal to nullified the election,“ he said.

Recall that Adebayo Adelabu and his party, All Progressives Congress (APC) had filed petition challenging the victory of Makinde as winner of the March 9 governorship election in Oyo State.

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