Osun: BVAS not used in 749 polling units – Witness
The Prosecution Witness 2 before the ongoing Election Petition Tribunal hearing matters emanating from the July 16 governorship poll in Osun State, Rasaq Adeosun, on Tuesday, said Bimodal Voter Accreditation System was not used in 749 polling units during the exercise.
Adeosun, the State Collation Agent for the candidate of the All Progressives Congress at the poll, Adegboyega Oyetola, under cross-examination also told the tribunal that he could not say whether agents of his party signed election result sheets at the polling units that his candidate was challenging before the tribunal.
Also, while responding to questions by the counsel for the 1st respondent in the matter, the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Paul Ananaba, SAN, Adeosun, who said he was an appointee of Oyetola, informed the panel that he was at the state collation centre on the day of the poll, but only obtained reports of happenings from ward agents of his party.
He also admitted appending his signature on form EC8D1 containing votes cast for parties, where the Peoples Democratic Party was credited with 403,371 votes, while in his witness statement, he claimed the PDP got 403,364.
Insisting that the poll was not conducted in substantial compliance with INEC regulations, Adeosun also said he did not have admission policy or guidelines of any institution attended by the PDP candidate, Ademola Adeleke, nor witnessed any court proceedings where Adeleke was tried for forgery.