I’m not Mathematician, Witness Tells Edo Election Tribunal

A polling agent of the All Progressives Congress, Edoralo Osahon, Monday, told the three-man Edo State Election Tribunal that he was not a mathematician and so cannot provide an answer to a question put to him by Chief Ferdinand Orbih, counsel to Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Osahon who was subpoenaed to testify in the ongoing petition at the Tribunal, was asked by the petitioners’ counsel if 221 and 242 would add up to give a total figure of 463.
The witness in his response, said; “I don’t know because I am not good at calculation and also not a mathematician.”
Osahon also told the court that he didn’t know that ticking in the voter’s register when added up could amount to 463 as he was not an Independent National Electoral Commission staff.
When cross-examined by counsel to Obaseki, Rotimi Oguneso, Osahon said that when the ballot papers were counted 238 instead of 239, the attention of the polling agents were drawn to it and correction was made immediately and they all counter-signed on it.
He said both agents were all satisfied with the process of the election and there was no complain from any agents.
Also testifying in the petition, Edosa Iyayi, an APC polling agent from unit 4, ward 6, Uhunmwonde Local Government Area, who was asked during a cross examination by the PDP counsel, if he saw an INEC official stamp on the result sheet, he said no but they all signed the result without the INEC stamp.
In his own testimony, Pius Okokomi, told the Court that the election conducted in his unit was free, fair and void of any rancour.
He said after the voting, counting was done in the presence of all polling agents and the result sheet was duly signed by all agents.
“We were all together at the polling unit. Voting and accreditation took place at the same time. And after that, both agents counted and signed on it and thereafter, everybody went home rejoicing even the petitioner, the PDP agent congratulated me,” he said.
Another witness, Dennis Enoha, told the court under cross examination by counsel to the PDP, when asked on the purpose of the boxes created in the ballot papers if they were for decoration, he simply answered that he was not an INEC staff and he was not supposed to know if they were for decoration or not.
It would be recalled that the PDP and its candidate, Pastor Ize-Iyamu, are challenging the declaration of Godwin Obaseki of the APC as winner of the Sept. 28 governorship election by INEC.
The petitioners listed INEC, Obaseki and the APC as first, second and third respondents respectively, before Justice Ahmed Badamasi-led three-member Tribunal in Benin.

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