As Court Says ” We Have No Jurisdiction Over Gov. Fayose’s Alleged Disqualification” …
The Ekiti State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has dismissed petition filled the All Progressive Congress – APC, challenging the result election which returned Ayodele Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party –PDP, as the governor of the state.
The tribunal, which sat in Abuja held that the petitioner’s witnesses did not present enough evidence to back up the claim of corrupt practices during the election.
Tribunal Chairman, Justice Ibrahim Serajo held that the testimonies of the witnesses, who, according to the tribunal did not vote during the election were not satisfactory, adding that the witnesses could not also provide names of the polling units where the alleged irregularities took place.
“The testimonies of these witnesses are unsatisfactory and their inability to give the names of the polling units as well as the names of their agents at those unnamed polling units shows that most of them that gave evidence of these alleged non compliance did not vote at the election. As such, their testimonies failed to support their claims. None of them gave evidence on the improper accreditation or manipulation of accreditation. The petitioner failed to substantiate the allegation of improper accreditation or non accreditation of voters”.
Judging on APC’s claim that the election was scientifically conducted by the use of indelible photo chronic and vanishing inks that faded within minutes in such a way to favour PDP during the election, Justice Serajo said that the petitioner did not tender any evidence to substantiate the claim and that the petitioner did not present any qualified scientific specialist to prove that photo-chronic ink was used.
He said: The only three witnesses who gave evidence in connection to the ink were one politician who claimed not to know anything about a computer, an agent who is not well educated and a farmer. By their testimonies, these witnesses do not possess the required expertise to prove that scientific indelible ink and photo-chronic ballot papers were used in the conduct of the election. This is fatal to that ground of the petition.”
The tribunal also struck out APC’s petition over Fayose’s alleged disqualification, noting that it does not have the jurisdiction to entertain the issue as the matter was already before an Ekiti State High Court.