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Policemen Were Eating Local Snacks, Drinking Beer during Voting, Osun Tribunal Told
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 Governor Rauf Aregbesola

The Osun State Election Petitions Tribunal on Wednesday got a dose of theatrics when the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) witnesses indicted some police officers for eating local snacks and drinking beer while voting was ongoing during the gubernatorial election in the state.

On hearing the witnesses’ claim, the three-man panel tribunal burst into laughter.

The counsel to the PDP have been calling witnesses before the tribunal, challenging the victory of Governor Rauf Aregbesola, the candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election.

Also, the court heard from the eighth witness, Tajudeen Badmus, that under-aged children voted for the APC on the day of election.

This is just as one Sikiru Olalekan, the tenth witness, alleged that police officers were drinking beer at a restaurant and were not available to receive voters’ complaints.

This development made the tribunal members to further fall into uncontrollable laughter untill the Chairman of the panel, Justice Elizabeth Ikpejime, called for order.

The witness, who claimed to be a former member of education board, when cross-examined by the first respondent’s counsel, Femi Falana (SAN), admitted that there was a restriction of movement on the election day, insisting that the restaurant was opened behind the place.

Also, another witness, who claimed to be a supervisor for ward 8, Olorunda Local Government Area, Akin Akande, alleged that he was forced by over 400 people to sign form EC8A.

During cross-examination by Falana, Akande denied that Dagbolu is far from Kolabalogun, insisting that all the 12 units in ward 8 are very close to one another, and that he covered them.

The witness however stated that Dagbolu, steel rolling company and Kolabalogun are in the same ward and they are not far to each other.

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