Delta Tribunal: Falsified Results from Ndokwa East LGA Admitted as Evidence
Following the commencement of trial on Tuesday, 25th August, 2015, the Delta State Gubernatorial Election tribunal sitting in Asaba, proceeded with witnesses’ accounts after the Tuesday adjournment. It should be recalled that during the Tuesday hearing, the testimony given by the Assistant Director of the ICT department, INEC, showed discrepancies in the accreditation records and the number of votes supposedly cast during the gubernatorial poll in the state.
On Wednesday, a clergyman and APC collating agent for Ndokwa East Local Government Area of the state, gave a testimony in which he identified results that were signed, altered and not signed as applicable to him and his duties during the election as a party agent. In the course of his testimony, he stated that most results from the local government (Ndokwa East) were falsified, and this informed his refusal to sign the result sheets.
The witness maintained this testimony, even while under a barrage of questions from the respondents’ counsels. The documents which were presented to the tribunal by the All Progressives Congress and its gubernatorial candidate, O’tega Emerhor, are the Polling unit by polling unit results of NDOKWA EAST LGA labelled: P5, P5a, P5b, P5c, P5d and P6, P6a, P6b, P6c, P6d respectively.
Counsels to the respondents initially claimed that they had not been served these documents in the petition, but Chief Okpoko (SAN), counsel to the petitioner (Emerhor/APC), was able to prove that the documents had been duly attached. At the end of the tribunal proceeding, T Kehinde (SAN) – counsel to Okowa/PDP – admitted that they were actually served with the original court papers and apologized.
The hearing was subsequently adjourned until 2 p.m. on Thursday, 27th August.
O’tega Emerhor is challenging the declaration of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of the Peoples Democratic Party by the Independent National Electoral Commission as the winner of the April 11, 2015 election in the state.