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2023 Lagos Polls: Witness testifies in court, says Sanwo-Olu, wife voted with invalid voters cards

A witness has told the Lagos State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal headed by Justice Arum Ashom, that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his wife, Ibijoke were allowed to cast their votes, despite their voter cards being invalid.

According to reports, the testimony was given by an agent of the Labour Party, Dayo Isreal who was subpoenaed to testify in the petition filed by Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, the Labour Party’s candidate, in the March 18 election, seeking to nullify the return of Governor SanwoOlu and his deputy.

While being led in evidence by the Rhodes-Vivour’s lead counsel, Olumide Ayeni, on Monday, the witness told the court that he served as an agent for the Labour Party for Unit 006, Ward 15, Lagos Island Local Government in the Governorship Election.

“I also noted that there were cases of multiple casting of votes but INEC officials failed to intervene.

“I observed more than 3-4 people voting more than once at the polling unit. INEC staff conducted the elections, though they looked the other way when this was going on.”

While answering questions from counsel to APC, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Abiodun Owonikoko, the witness disclosed that a total number of 126 people were accredited at the polling unit where Governor Sanwo -Olu voted while APC had 121 votes, LP was given two votes.

The tribunal in its ruling said the objections of the respondents but proceeded to hear the testimony of the witness while ordering the respondents to include their objections in their final written addresses.

The tribunal has adjourned till July 3, for the continuation of the hearing in the petition.

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