The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has acknowledged that there were inaccuracies in the results it announced on July 17, 2022, ahead of the Monday Pre-hearing date provided to the parties engaged in the Osun Governorship Election Petitions.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the race, Senator Ademola Adeleke, was declared the winner of the July 16 poll, according to INEC’s response to the petition submitted by Governor Adegboyega Oyetola and the Osun All Progressives Congress (APC).
Oyetola and the Osun APC had on July 18 applied to INEC for a Certified True Copy, CTC, of the BVAS report deployed in the conduct of the exercise, and on July 29, the report was made available to the parties.
However, after approaching the Election Petitions Tribunal challenging results from 749 polling units out of the over 3, 000 polling units on the grounds of over-voting, INEC issued another CTC of BVAS report to the PDP on August 22, claiming that the first report issued to the APC was not ‘syncronised’.
The electoral body went further to admit that, “The BVAS Report dated 29th July, 2022 has errors because as a result of non-synchronisation with the BVAS machine and these errors resulted in false over voting in the 750 polling units challenged by the Petitioners.”
According to INEC, “The unsynchronised BVAS Report dated 29th July, 2022 was superseded by the BVAS Report dated 22nd August, 2022 and which was a duly synchronised BVAS Report with primary BVAS Machine used in the 16th July, 2022 Osun State Governorship Election.”
In its response filed before the Tribunal on its behalf by its team of lawyers led by Prof. Paul Ananaba, SAN, INEC said:,“There were lots of errors on the unsynchronized BVAS Report dated 29th July, 2022, as a result of non-synchronization of data information with the primary BVAS Machine as at the date of application and issuance which resulted in false over voting in the 750 polling units challenged in the petition.
“The non-synchronization of the said BVAS Report dated 29th July, 2022 with data information on Primary BVAS machine resulted into some erroneous entries which resulted to false over voting, and which affected both the petitioners , the 2nd and 3rd respondents and all contestants in their respective polling units. The 1st respondent avers that the errors on the face of the BVAS report dated 29th July, 2022 due to the non-syncronisation with the data of BVAS machine also resulted to false over-voting in 1001 polling units where the petitioners won in the election.
“The 1st Respondent states that the election in the said 749 Polling Units were conducted substantially in accordance with the principles of the Electoral Act, 2022 and if there is any non-compliance (which is not conceded), such non-compliance did not substantially affect the result of the election.
“The BVAS Report dated 29th July, 2022 that the Petitioners relied upon in bringing the instant Petition was not synchronized with data Information on the primary BVAS machine had errors which resulted on false over voting in the 750 polling units challenged by the Petitioner.
“The unsynchronized BVAS Report dated 29th July, 2022 was superseded by the BVAS Report dated 22nd August, 2022 and which was a duly synchronized BVAS Report with primary BVAS Machine used in the 16th July, 2022 Osun State Governorship Election,” INEC submitted
Kwara APC Releases Multi-Stakeholders’ Campaign Council List
Kwara State’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has released an over 2000-member strong multi-stakeholders’ campaign council list, which it says comprises party chieftains and sympathisers drawn from every demography in the state.
Fidel Info reports that the party made this declaration in a statement issued , stressing that the composition of the list attracts every segment of the state, including persons and groups not in any way affiliated to the party.
The party added that the re-election bid of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq is a project of all the people of Kwara State who have enjoyed a positive paradigm shift over the last three years and want him to remain in the saddle for the next four years.
The party further expressed confidence in the successful re-election of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq and the election of all APC’s Candidates, charging all members of the campaign council to be great ambassadors of Kwarans and to work hard in mobilising every resident of the state.
More nominations, according to the party, will be made to support the existing campaign structures across the state, adding that everyone is important in the scheme of things.
“As the ambassadors and representatives of the people of Kwara State, especially members of our party, the council members have, like many others who may not be on the list, distinguished themselves through years of committed and faithful service to the party, and thus possess the quality and dedication required for success at the polls later this year.
” The party therefore wishes to congratulate the appointees while assuring party chieftains not specifically mentioned on the list of continuous inclusion in the campaign and party’s activities through various means that will equally be recognised,” the statement said.
Saraki Disgraced As Tribunal Nullifies Adeleke’s Victory In Osun
The Osun State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal has nullified the victory of Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Fidel Info reports that the long-drawn legal battle was finally put to rest on Friday as the tribunal gave its judgement on the petition filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) Candidate, Gboyega Oyetola.
The tribunal established cases of overvoting and rigging in the election that saw Adeleke declared as winner.
Meanwhile, leaders of the PDP have come under fire for deploying the instrument of rigging and electoral malpractice during the election.
Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, was particularly condemned for the roles he reportedly played in prosecuting the heavily influenced election.
It would be recalled that Saraki was in Osun State in the period of the election acting as the godfather of Adeleke. Osun shares close boundaries with Kwara State where Saraki hails from and he has been a friend of the Adeleke family.
In a comment by a socio-political group identified as Kwara Development Advancement Initiative (KADI), the Chairman Lukman AbdulKadir said Saraki has been put to shame with the landmark judgement of the tribunal, adding his rigging tactics have been exposed.
“Bukola Saraki, the grandmaster of electoral malpractice and rigging, has once again been put to shame with the nullification of the victory of Ademola Adeleke in Osun State. This is a warning for him that he would also be disgraced in Kwara State if rigging is what he depends on as our system has now advanced. There is no way the will of the people can be subverted or truncated through the back door.
“Saraki never won any election in Kwara State credibly. All the elections they won have been dogged by malpractice, violence and rigging. We recall vividly how he manipulated votes from backwater communities of Kwara State in Asa, Moro, among others, pre-2019. He couldn’t do that in 2019 because the Otoge revolution flooded his dynasty. We also recall how they heavily manipulated Local Government elections through their stooges especially Ajidagba of KWASIEC.
“If rigging is what Saraki is banking on to win the 2023 election in Kwara State, he has failed just like Osun has shown. His rigging tactics failed there and the will of the people has been restored. We are aware of how Kwara PDP members were deployed to Osun as INEC ad-hoc staff and observers to influence the election. The tribunal has vindicated us after establishing cases of overvoting. Kwarans are politically aware and conscious. They will monitor and guard their votes.
“We also call on the security agencies to be alive to their responsibilities during the election and not allow crooked politicians to impugn the credibility of the forthcoming polls. We are aware that is their plans. Our democracy must be protected at all costs in the country and Kwara State, specifically,” he told our medium.
JUST IN: Abia PDP Gubernatorial Candidate Is dead
The Abia State Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate, Prof Uche Ikonne, is dead.
Fidel Info reports that this was announced in a statement by his son, Dr Chikezie Uche-Ikonne, on Wednesday.
The statement read, “I regret to announce the death of my dear father, Prof Eleazar Uchenna Ikonne, who died at the National Hospital Abuja today January 2023
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