A Deputy Director with the Independent National Electoral Commission, Sylvester Aigbogun, on Tuesday told the Ekiti Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in the FCT High Court, Apo, that the July 14 governorship election in the state was free and fair. Aigbogun, who was the Electoral Officer for Ikole Local Government Area of the state during the election, stated this while testifying for the electoral body in the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate in the election, Prof. Olusola Kolapo.
The petitioners dragged INEC, the All Progressives Congress and Governor Kayode Fayemi, the winner of the election in contention, as respondents before the tribunal. The petitioners are challenging the declaration of Fayemi as the winner of the election by the first respondents, INEC. Aigbogun, while being cross examined by counsel for APC, Yomi Aliyu, SAN, stated that his assertion that the election was free and fair was based on what he saw while visiting some polling units in the local government during the election, as well as what was presented to him from various units and wards.
“The election was free and fair. This was based on what I saw and what was presented to me. “PDP and its candidate, Prof. Kolapo, did not make any complaint to me on the conduct of the election in my local government.” While answering question from R. O. Balogun (SAN), counsel for Governor Fayemi, the witness stated that APC won in Ikole LGA without any hitches, with a total of 14,522 votes, as against PDP’s 13,961.