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Ize-Iyamu, others testify at Edo governorship election tribunal

By Tony Ehighiale, Benin City

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in last September’s governorship election in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has testified at the Edo State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal.

During his testimony, Ize-Iyamu told the tribunal to declare him winner of the election because he scored the highest number of lawful votes cast in the election.

He gave his testimony in the ongoing hearing in the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Pastor Ize-Iyamu against the declaration of Governor Godwin Obaseki as winner of the election.

During cross examination by Defence Counsels, Ize-Iyamu said he was not challenging results declared in all the polling units where Obaseki was declared winner, rather, he told the tribunal that his agents reported to him what happened at various polling units across the state.

He stated that he relied his deposition on documentary evidence and not hear say.

Ize-Iyamu informed the tribunal that he did not sign or prepare the materials he tendered as evidence and that all the facts in his affidavits were correct.

Another witness called by the PDP, Mr. Anthony Lawani, said he was the PDP collation agent in Ward One, Akonofua-Edo local government area.

Anthony told the tribunal that he monitored what happened in all the polling units in the Ward through phone calls.

He stated that the accreditation card given to him by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) allowed him to make calls and not to move around the Ward.

Anthony insisted that there was over voting in some of the polling units.even when his attention was drawn to some paragraphs in his deposition.

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