Ondo election: ACN files petitition against Mimiko’s election

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The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and its governorship
candidate in the recently conducted governorship election in Ondo State,
Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN yesterday filed a 190-paragraph with 403 pages
petition at the Governorship Election Tribunal Akure against the Independent
National Electoral Commission INEC, Governor Olusegun Mimiko and Labour Party
(LP).

The party prayed for the
nullification of the October 20 poll on the premise that Mimiko was not duly
elected by a majority of lawful votes.

The ACN added that the election was
invalid by reason of corrupt practices and/or non-compliance with the
provisions of the Electoral Act.
The petition was filed by 21 senior
lawyers, including Chief Akin Olujimi, SAN; Lasun Sanusi, SAN; Wole Aina Edward
Odugbesan; Kola Olawoye; Charles Titiloye; Victor Olatoyegun and Micheal Lana,
among others.
ACN in the petition alleged that the
voter register was falsified by INEC to ensure victory for Mimiko.
It was further alleged in the
petition that some named political office holders in Ondo state conived with
security agents and INEC staff to rig the poll in favour of LP.
Serious allegations of ballot
hijacking, ballot box snuffing, massive multiple thumbprinting of ballot papers
by LP’s agents were contained in the petition.
The petitioners alleged that the
election was marred with irregularities, non-compliance with the Electoral Act
and glaring violence, malpractices and allocation of votes for LP, creation of
secret unit and collation centres where the electoral fraud was perpetrated.
Besides, it was alleged that LP
deployed cash and materials to induce voters throughout the state.
The petitioner pleaded all video
clips, report of local and international observers, media, fingerprint experts,
medical reports and election materials used in the conduct of the poll.
The ACN listed 117 witnesses from
all the local government areas in the state, except Owo Local Government, where
it won convincingly.
Source: The nation

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