ELECTION 2007……..Voter Aikhomu Accredited Four Times in Edo State Election; Abia Records 30 Billion Voters

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‘Aikhomu Accredited Four Times In Edo Guber election’

 

By Emmanuel Obe, Benin

Published: Saturday, 24 Nov 2007

 

The Edo State Election Tribunal was on Friday told how the former Vice-President, Admiral Augustus Aikhomu (rtd.) was accredited to vote four times in the April 14, 2007 gubernatorial election in Edo State.

 

The Head of Operations of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Edo State , Mr. Olawale Kayode, tendered documents that showed that Aikhomu‘s were among the multiple votes recorded during the election.

 

Led in evidence by Mr. Niyi Akintola (SAN), counsel to the Action Congress, Kayode tendered manual and electronic registers in which the name of Aikhomu was accredited twice in each of the registers.

 

In the first electronic voters register for ward 6, polling unit, Esan Central Local Government Area, Aikhomu‘s name appeared as numbers 15 and 16 with his photographs attached and his age indicated as 67 in number 15, while his age read 77 in voter No.16.

 

For the same ward and unit in the manual voters register, the former Vice-President‘s name appeared as voter number 34 without photograph but with fingerprints and age indicated as 77.

 

In the same register, his name appeared as voter No.39 with his age indicated as 77. The register also had fingerprints.

Akintola told the Tribunal that there were more than 60 of such multiple registrations in eight of the 10 wards in Esan Central Local Government Area.

 

Some of the result sheets from several local government areas tendered at the tribunal indicated that only the collation officers signed the results.

 

Meanwhile, journalists covering the tribunal have formally protested the ill-treatment given to them at the tribunal by some counsel to the litigants.

 

The journalists had walked out of the tribunal sitting on Thursday after the correspondent of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria , Mr. Adewunmi Faniran, was asked to vacate his official seat for the technician handling the public address system at the tribunal.

 

 

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Inec Admits Okaying 30b Voters In Polling Unit

Sat, 24 Nov 2007 00:00:00

 
Head, Public Affairs of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Umuahia, Edwin Enabor, has admitted before the Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Umuahia, Abia State, that the Commission certified a result sheet indicating that 30 billion voters were registered in one of the polling booths in Aba.

 

Testifying in the petition filed by Uzodinma Okpara, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the April 14 poll in the state against the declaration of Governor Theodore Orji as winner of that election by INEC, Enabor also admitted that only two ballot booklets were issued to the said polling unit.

 

Cross-examined by Okpara’s lawyer, Okwuchukwu Ogolo (SAN), Enabor also acknowledged that a unit in Arochukwu LGA was given 212 ballot booklets even when it has 522 registered voters.

 

He stated that of the 192 results certified by the Commission for Umunneochi LGA, 40 of them were written without the original copies as, according to him, the original copies were snatched by unknown persons.

 

The INEC official, in an answer to a question by Ogolo, said he was not in a position to know where the certifying officer got the copies he used in certifying those results sent to the Tribunal.

 

Orji and his PPA opened their defence on Wednesday November 21 and continued on Friday 23, 2007 as Okpara and his party

(APGA) closed their case at the previous hearing on Tuesday after calling 16 witnesses. Okpara, the scion of Michael Okpara, the former premier of Eastern Nigeria is asking the Tribunal to cancel the governorship and the House of Assembly polls and order for the conduct of fresh elections because of alleged cases of irregularities and electoral malpractices.

 

Also testifying, the deputy governor, Chris Akomas, said that both the House of Assembly and governorship election held on the same day were free and fair adding that even if that of the Assembly was not, it does not follow that the governorship poll was marked with irregularities.

 

Akomas admitted that the Assembly poll was cancelled in three out of the 11 political wards in Obingwa LGA but remarked that Ohafia was not cancelled but rescheduled.

 

The deputy governor, who was led in evidence by their lawyer, Awa Kalu (SAN) said that the allegation of malpractices and irregularities at the April 14 polls was false and baseless.

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One Response to “ELECTION 2007……..Voter Aikhomu Accredited Four Times in Edo State Election; Abia Records 30 Billion Voters”

  1. Dominic says:

    There was no election in Abia state. Orji Kalu and his party simply stole the votes, the same way they stole everything else in the state.

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