By Kolade Larewaju
ABEOKUTA â€“ THE Ogun State Election Petition Tribunal hearing the petition of All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) candidate, Senator Ibikunle Amosun challenging the victory of Governor Gbenga Daniel todayÂ witnessed a shocking drama when Governor Daniel was alleged to have voted twice during the polls.
Counsel to Senator Amosun, Chief Adeniyi Akintola (SAN) had in cross-examining a witness of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mr. Abiodun Odusanya asked him whether he was aware that Governor Daniel registered and voted twice.
Odusanya, the gubernatorial candidate of Community Party of Nigeria (CPN) in the said polls and now a Consultant to the state government had while giving his evidence said that the election was free and fair.
But Chief Akintola (SAN) during his cross-examination gave some documents to the court clerk, which were to be given to the witness and asked â€œare you aware that your principal registered and voted twice during the election?â€
Counsel to Governor Daniel, Mr. Tayo Oyetibo (SAN) however immediately cut in with an objection saying â€œthat is a statement for the press, it should not be a question for the witnessâ€
Apparently irked by the statement of Oyetibo (SAN) portraying him as playing to the gallery Akintola (SAN) flew up saying, â€œthat is insulting. I am your senior. You cannot be disrespectful to meâ€.
Justice Suleiman Ambroussa however calmed down all the frayed nerves but ruled that the witness could not speak for his principal (Daniel)
Earlier before the drama, Mr. Odusanya had in a bid to justify his claims that the election was free and fair brought out a tape of an interview granted immediately after the election.
But Akintola (SAN) opposed the acceptance of the tape as an exhibit arguing that it was not pleaded in the statement of defence.
But counsel to INEC, Mr. Olayode Delano pushed for the acceptance of the video saying that the fact that it was not pleaded was not a barrier to its acceptance adding that since it was relevant, the law permits the Tribunal to use its discretion.
Counsel to Governor Daniel, Oyetibo (SAN) also agreed with Delano, but the Tribunal Chairman ruled against the acceptance of the document.
Three other witnesses, Taofeek Soremi, Sobowale Mudasiru and the Chairman of Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government, Mr. Abayomi Tella were also called to give evidences with all of them claiming that the elections were free and fair.
Tella who had earlier been accused by a witness of leading a gang of thugs and hoodlums to snatch ballot boxes and stuff them with ballot papers to rig the election for Daniel however denied the allegation yesterday saying it was not true.