By Philips Sunday
Former governor of Kogi state, Idris Wada on Wednesday insisted that he won the 2015 governorship election in the state.
Wada who contested the election on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) made this claim at the State Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja.
The Ex-Gov. spoke through one of his witnesses, Mr Joe Agada, the PDP Chief Agent at INEC collation centre in Lokoja, while opening his defence.
Mr. Agada was led in evidence by Mr Chris Uche (SAN), counsel to Wada. According to the witness, Mr. Wada won the 2015 governorship election with 204, 877 votes against 6,885 scored by Gov. Yahaya Bello of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He furthered that late Audu scored 240, 867 on Nov. 21 governorship election but died 7.45 a.m. on Nov. 22, 2015 before the election could be concluded, adding that Mr. Bello has no right to inherit votes scored by the late Prince Audu whose death came as a shock to the Kogi people.
Agada maintained that the statutory time allowed for substitution had elapsed before the APC brought forth Mr. Bello as its candidate for the Supplementary election.
Recall Wada scored 199, 514 on Nov. 2, 2015 election, while Bello polled 5,363 in the supplementary election on Dec. 5, 2015.
In the Nov. 21, late Audu scored 240, 867, while Bello who substituted him received 6,885 vote in the Dec. 5 election.
According to the figure gathered by Mr. Bello during the Supplementary election, it was wrong for him to be announced as the winner of the election, Agada opined.
Mr Agada who was under cross examination, also maintained that the vote cast for late Abubakar Audu remained void after he died.
In his argument, Agada maintained that Mr. Bello did not participate in the Nov. 21 governorship election as he had no permanent voter card, adding that none of the candidates won at the time the election was declared inconclusive by INEC.
Agada’s statement on oath, result sheets from the 2,548 polling units in the state, voter register and PDP’s protest letter to INEC was admitted as exhibits by the Tribunal.
Other documents admitted by the tribunal were the witness’s party membership card, voter card and letter of his appointment as PDP chief agent at INEC coalition centre.
Another witness, Mr Samuel Oduntan, testified that he carried out a forensic analysis of the election material and discovered that there was over voting.
Maintaining that he could not remember the numbers of ballot papers he scanned, adding that he was the team leader of the forensic expert, who signed report presented to the court.