Ogun State governorship election petition Tribunal on Thursday admitted the reports of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BIVAS) and other documents as evidence against Governor Dapo Abiodun.
The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, Ladi Adebutu in a petition marked, EPT/OG/GOV/03/2023 is challenging victory of Abiodun based on alleged non-compliance to the Electoral Act and corrupt practices during the election.
Adebutu, through his counsel, Goddy Uche (SAN) tendered the BIVAS reports, INEC results, and other documents, totaling 8,000 before the three-man Tribunal.
The counsel had on Tuesday presented the documents before the Tribunal and prayed the court to admit them as “exhibits” against Abiodun.
But, counsel to the respondents requested that they be allowed to inspect the documents before they could be admitted by the Tribunal.
The Chairman of the Tribunal, Hamidu Kunaza had given both the petitioners and the respondents Tuesday and Wednesday to inspect all undisputed documents and re-present same to the tribunal
Some of the documents include: 176-page BVAS reports; one certificate of compliance; an INEC receipt; Form EC8A – declaration of result from INEC; Form EC8D – summary of results from local governments; Form EC8Cs for the 20 LGAs; Form EC8Bs for Abeokuta North,
Abeokuta South, Ado-Odo/Ota, Egbado North, Egbado South, Ewekoro, Ifo, Ijebu North, Ijebu Northeast, Ijebu-Ode, Ikenne and others.
At the resumed sitting on Friday, the counsel to the petitioner Goddy Uche re-presented the documents, informing the court that the respondents had inspected the documents as ordered.
The tribunal chairman Hamidu Kunaza afterwards admitted the documents and marked them as exhibits.