…As Nasarawa Police set to prosecute 2 fake corps members for forgery***
The National and State Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Oyo State, on Tuesday upheld the victory of Sen. Kola Balogun of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Oyo South Senatorial District in the February 23 National Assembly election.
The immediate past governor of Oyo State, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi had challenged the declaration of Balogun, who INEC said polled 105,720 votes to defeat Ajimobi who garnered 92,218 votes as the winner of the election.
The three-man panel of the tribunal chaired by Justice Anthony Akpovi, with Justice Sambo Daka and Justice Chinyere Ani as members, unanimously upheld Balogun’s victory.
The lead judgment, read by Akpovi, said that most of the witnesses called by the petitioner to tender the results of polling units were ward collation agents and not the proper persons to tender the results.
The tribunal chairman said that the testimonies of the ward collation agents could not be accorded any probative value because they were not the makers of the documents tendered.
He said that the petitioner also based his testimonies on the card reader result without calling the maker to testify, while no witness was also called in regarding voters’ accreditation register.
Akpovi said that the malfunctioning of the card reader could not invalidate the voter’s register.
He said that most of the witnesses called by the petitioner were not relevant and that their testimonies were mere hearsay.
Akpovi said that the petitioner failed to prove all the allegations in the petition beyond reasonable doubt.
The tribunal chairman, therefore, nullified Ajimobi’s petition and upheld the election of Balogun, having scored the majority of lawful votes, and declared him the winner.
In the meantime, the police in Nasarawa on Tuesday, said they will soon charge two fake corps members, Njoku Chidi and Winifred Ahamefula, to court with alleged forgery.
ASP Rahman Nansel, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), told newsmen in Lafia that Chidi, male, and Ahamefula, female, were arrested at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camp in Keffi.
He said that the two youth who got cleared to participate in the national youth service in the state would be charged to court after investigations.
The PPRO said the duo claimed to have graduated from Imo state University.
Speaking to newsmen, Mrs. Ramatu Sanda, NYSC Coordinator in the state, said that Chidi and Ahamefula presented forged clearance certificates to serve in the state.
She said the scheme’s state office received a tip-off from the office of the NYSC Director-General concerning the two fake corps members and took steps towards tracking them down.
“They told us that they still had some repeat courses, they believed that they can escape it, they paid some persons to clear them for the service.
“So we had to hand them over to the police for further investigation, they are no longer our corps members,” she said.