Osun State Election Tribunal upholds Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s election as governor

February 6, 2015 4:08 pm
The lead judge,
ruled against gubernatorial candidate ’s petition, which
alleged that Governor Aregbesola and the All Progressives Congress ()
won due to electoral manipulation.

governorship election petition tribunal has upheld the
re-election of Rauf Aregbesola as governor of the state. Senator
Iyiola Omisore, the PDP candidate at the August 9th 2014 election had petitioned the tribunal over
claims that the election was rigged in favor of the Governor.

At its sitting in the state today February 6th, the Chairman of the
tribunal, Justice Elizabeth Ipejime, said the witnesses brought in by
Senator Omisore did not prove beyond reasonable doubt that the elections
were rigged in favor of the governor.

“The testimonies of these witnesses are unsatisfactory and PDP forensic
analyst did not show that ballot papers were not used accordingly. As
such, their testimonies failed to support their claims. None of them
gave evidence on the issue of multiple voting, which they earlier
claimed. The panel also held that issue of multiple voting was not found
in his examination. On allegations of over-voting, no single evidence
of over voting was proved. Similarly, on the allegations that O’Yes was
used as INEC officials, there is no such evidence.”Justice Ipejime said.

 The Osun State Election Tribunal lead judge, Justice Elizabeth Ipejime
ruled against gubernatorial candidate Iyiola Omisore’s petition, which
alleged that Governor Aregbesola and the All Progressives Congress (APC)
won due to electoral manipulation.

, a commentator following the Tribunal from inside the
courtroom, announced on social media that “the petitioners [were ruled
to] have failed to lead relevant, credible and cogent evidence in
support of the petition.” This ruling confirms the election of Governor
Aregbesola as legitimate, and that all petitions by Omisore and the PDP
were dismissed.
This ruling comes one day after Sahara Reporters exclusively reported
that Omisore was involved in manipulating the gubernatorial elections
for PDP in Ekiti State, and intended to do the same for himself in Osun
State.

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