There was mild drama on Wednesday at the Kogi State National Assembly Election Tribunal, sitting in Abuja as some of the Petitioner’s witnesses denied their statement on oath.
The Petitioner, Dino Melaye had called in some of his witnesses to butress his suit at the tribunal challenging the outcome of the November 30 rerun election won by Senator Smart Adeyemi; alleging their was mayhem and manipulation at the poll.
As hearing into the suit continue for adoption of written addresses, one of the witnesses who said his name was Magi Abraham Shade delt a blow to their case when he mentioned he was from Okedayo rather than Kakun that was in his writing statement.
While being cross examined, counsel to the 2nd respondent, Senator Smart Adeyemi, Dr. Dapo Otitoju, demanded for the witness to sign his signature; but it was found different from the one appended on his written address.
The witness also made another gaffe when he stated that he was PDP Ward collation agent during the election, though he did his voters card registration in Kaduna and later transferred it to Kabba.
Counsel to Third respondents, (APC) Barr. Abdulahi Esq, also queried the witness to identified himself from the voters register, but the picture of the person’s whom he claimed was entirely different from his person
However when he was asked if he was also the same person pictured as Tafu Jimoh Anthony in the voters register., he couldn’t denied the fact, as he admitted to the court to have impersonated the first name and he agreed to the Lordship that all the evidences he had given were absolute false
Many of the other witnesses have difficulty in differentiating between over voting and mutilation, while some agreed to have written their addresses but not the one who signed it.
The tribunal however abruptly adjourned to Thursday following the invation of the court by thugs suspected to be loyal to PDP.