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Tribunal upholds Mimiko's election

03 May 2013, 16:31

Akure- The Andoacar Kaka'an-led Election Petition Tribunal in Ondo State has dismissed the prayer of

Rotimi Akeredolu, the ACN Governorship Candidate, to nullify the Oct. 20, 2012, gubernatorial election in the state

Akeredolu had asked the tribunal the court to nullify the declaration of Gov. Olusegun Mimiko as the winner of the election by INEC on two grounds.

According to the ACN candidate, Mimiko was not duly elected by the majority of votes cast in the election.

He also alleged that the election was fraud with corrupt practices, irregularities and non conformity with electoral laws in almost

all the local government areas of the state.

However, Kaka'an in his judgment, said the petitioner had failed woefully to prove his case beyond reasonable doubt.

According to him, evidences of the witnesses called by the petitioner were contradictory and could not be sustained.

On the issue of 2012 voters register having more names than the 2011 voters register, Kaka'an said that INEC had made available the voters register to all parties concerned a month before the election, as provided by the electoral laws.

Kaka'an said, ''The party which knew about the injection of new names in the register could not have disagreed.''

He said that this could have been a pre-election matter over which the tribunal had no jurisdiction.

``In view of these, the tribunal has dismissed the petition for lack of merit,'' the judge said.



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