A witness of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu in the on-going hearing of the Edo State Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Benin City, Mr. Jonathan Ogie Alohan has confessed to have cobbled together uncertified documents to prepare his witness adoption statement, which he swore under oath.
This is as Alohan, the witness, testified to have signed the result sheet in error”.
Alohan, who claimed to have voted in the September 28, 2016 gubernatorial election said there was no accreditation, but added that, “I signed the result sheet after the election. I signed in error”.
The witness further said he was not interested in non-accreditation when he examined the voters register. He said, “I was not looking for any ticking when I examined the voters’ register”.
He agreed that the court certified true copies of INEC documents used for the election on the 20th of October 2016 but that a chart (table) was provided in his witness deposition, which arrived at with documents he obtained from his party immediately after the election and were not certified.
According to him, “I was not looking for any ticking when I was examining the voters register, but I signed the result sheet before the APC agent. I was the first person to sign the result sheet before the APC agent. I signed in error.
In the same vein, another witness of the PDP and Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Mr. Edo-Esamah Samuel said he was not in court to complain about improper accounting of ballot papers.
He said under cross-examination that, “No, I did not complain that used and unused ballot papers fell short. It is not correct”. This statement contradicted the deposition he earlier made to the court under oath.
Continuing, he said, “I voted in unit 4, Olua Primary School, Uselu. Out of the 19 units in my ward, I cannot remember how many units I am challenging”.
While confirming that the information he deposed to in the court cannot be relied on, he said, “I agree my name and signature are on exhibit PO 4 (17). I have adopted my witness statement. I read my witness statement before adopting it”.