Ondo Election Tribunal dismisses ACN and PDP petitions against Gov Mimiko

The Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ondo state over the October 20 governorship election, yesterday dismissed the petitions filed by the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, and its candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its candidate Chief Olusola Oke challenging the victory of Dr Olusegun Mimiko.

It therefore upheld the October 20 governorship election of Dr Olusegun Mimiko as the governor  of Ondo state.

In a five-hour judgement delivered in Akure, the Chairman of the three-member Tribunal, Justice Andover Kaka ‘an said that the petitioners ”failed woefully to prove that the governorship election of October 20 is not in compliance with the electoral act”.

Justice Kaka ‘an said that in the petition of the ACN, the petitioner failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt, all the allegations of corrupt practices and non- compliance with the electoral act.

He pointed out that the evidential burden of proof lies solely on the petitioner and not the respondents, adding that the petitioner could not also prove that alleged non compliance with the electoral act affected the overall result of the election.

On the alleged non accreditation of voters, non voting, multiple voting and other malpractices during the election, the tribunal said that the petitioner ought to have called non accredited voters to give evidence.

On the injection of illegal voters into the voters register, the tribunal said that the matter is a pre election matter and that the tribunal had no jurisdiction to entertain it. …(continue from source)