The Yobe State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja on Wednesday admitted in evidence the report of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on alleged bribery against the state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the last April 11 governorship poll in the state.
The petitioner, Alhaji Adamu Waziri, the PDP governorship candidate in the election had challenged the election of Governor Ibrahim Geidam of APC and urged the tribunal to nullify the election state on account of irregularities and corruption.
Waziri had alleged that some persons attempted to bribe the state REC before the election and further wrote a petition to the EFCC to investigate the allegation.
At the tribunal’s resumed sitting on Wednesday, a witness, Mr Odofin Adekunle, an EFCC official, who testified before the tribunal, presented the report of their investigation on the alleged bribery of the Resident Electoral Commissioner.
While giving evidence before the tribunal, Odofin said their investigation revealed that some persons attempted to induce the Resident Electoral Commissioner to favour a particular candidate in the April 11 governorship election in the state.
Prior to the EFCC’s presentation, Geidam’s counsel, Mr. Ayo Olanrewaju, who held the brief of Mr Yusuf Ali (SAN), objected to it on the ground that he was not the officer who conducted the investigation of the report.
This was, however overruled by the tribunal.
It would be recalled that the tribunal had on Aug. 6 admitted the testimonies of two other witnesses who alleged that N15 million was actually paid into the account of the Resident Electoral Commissioner shortly before the election.
Also, two senior personnel of two new generation banks had testified before the tribunal on the same and confirmed the lodgement of N8million and N7million into the Resident Electoral Commissioner’s accounts on April 8, 2015.