The National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal was thrown into a mild drama on Thursday as two Petitioner’s (Peoples Democratic Party) witnesses fought over who was the authentic agent for their party in the November 30 Kogi West rerun senatorial election.
The tribunal on the arrival of the Panel Chairman and his Team had commenced sitting around 9:30 am but could not end the day’s business until 5pm; aside a two hours recess.
However two of the Petitioner’s (PDP) witnesses, Bidemi Kolawole and Aare Luke separately laid claims to be the proper agent for the PDP in Aiyeteju Amuro Unit 001.
Bidemi Kolawole, farmer, who said he lives at No 6 Omilode Street Aiyeteju Amuro in Mopamuro LGA, while adopting his statement as an evidence before the Court said he served as PDP agent for his polling unit at the election.
It was however stunning when Aare Luke who was called in after Kolawole also laid claimed to be the PDP agent for the same polling unit.
During cross examination, counsel to first respondent, (INEC), Barr. Chris Lashey, had asked Kolawole to substantiate his statement on oath where he stated there was over voting; but Kolawole answered that he does not understand what the term ‘over voting’ means.
Kolawole also denied being the one that signed his statement on aoth, despite that it bears his name.
For Aare Luke, Carpenter who said he lives in Aiyeteju Amuro, said he was at the polling unit throughout the election and did not witness any violence.
When he was questioned by Counsel to Senator Smart Adeyemi, Dr. Otitoju Oladapo about the existence of someone as agent for PDP in the same polling unit, Aare insisted he was the rightful agent and not the other witness.
“Are you aware that somebody has come here to claimed he was the agent in the same poling unit you mentioned now? Who is telling lies here ? Is it you or Bidemi ?”, Barr. Dapo quipped.
“I am the rightful agent and not Bidemi,” he answered.
Luke who had stated in his disposition that there was over voting however said he couldn’t remember the figures for the ‘over voting’.
For Adebowale Abayomi, a civil servant who said he lives at Yagba East LGA, (Ward10) and voted at unit 04 however could not substantiate his claims as his name was not found in the INEC voters register.
Babatunde Aliu, farmer, Takeke- Idde Mopamuro LGA admitted to typographical error his disposition in paragraph 3 where he claimed to be Ward 7 collation agent against paragraph 5 where he said he worked for ward 05.
For other witnesses; Kayode Medibi Friday (Takeke-Idde, in Amuro, Student), Emmanuel Baba (No5 Ilaro, compound Ileteju Mopa) and Owolaiye Owosegun, (Bareke compound Mopa, a Farmer) could not substantiate their claims of over voting.
The tribunal had subsequently adjourned till Friday, April 17 for continuation of hearing.