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Osun Election Tribunal: Police Obey Directives of INEC Officials, Says PDP Witness

By Tunde Oyekola

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who is the third witness in the petition filed by the party and his candidate in the August 9 gubernatorial election, Senator Iyiola Omisore, on Tuesday told the tribunal that policemen deployed in his polling unit in Osogbo Local Government obeyed the directive of officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC.).
Gbadebo Adeyemo, a retired civil servant, during cross-examination by counsel to the third respondent, said contrary to the deployment of heavy security to man the election in the state, incompetent police officers were stationed in his polling unit at Isale-Osun area, Osogbo.
He alleged that INEC officials prevented his party’s agent from staying at the polling unit, insisting that the election was marred by irregularities.
When asked why he did not report the development to security personnel, he said only incompetent police were around, alleging that they worked with the directive of INEC officials.
Adeyemo who claimed to be a supervisor, denied that he wore PDP shirt with members of his party on the day of election.
Also testifying before the panel, Kolapo Sikiru, expressed dismay when he was shown Form EC8B and asked if he was the one that signed it.
During cross-examination by respondents’ counsel, Sikiru said, “I’m afraid of this court. I’m not the one that signed this. I’m a prince and I don’t tell lies.”
He said the signature in the voters’ register form EC8A were not the same, denying that all agents in ward 1 to 19 of Osogbo Local government had died.

When asked by counsel to the third respondents whether they were still alive, Sikiru said, “I didn’t receive information that anyone of them had died, and nobody wore PDP shirt on the day of election.

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