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Ogun Tribunal Finally Accepts PDP’s Compelling Witness Video as Key Evidence

The Ogun State Election Petitions Tribunal Accepts Video Evidence Tendered by PDP’s Star Witness

The Ogun State Election Petitions Tribunal recently made a crucial ruling regarding the admissibility of video evidence presented by Sunkanmi Oyejide, a prominent witness for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The tribunal’s decision comes in the midst of a legal battle between the PDP, led by its governorship candidate Ladi Adebutu, and Governor Dapo Abiodun of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who emerged victorious in the March 18th governorship election.

  1. Heated Arguments Over Video Evidence

During a court session on Wednesday, attorneys involved in the case engaged in a fierce debate when Sunkanmi Oyejide, a star witness for the PDP, submitted video evidence as part of the petition. The petitioners objected to the inclusion of the video evidence, intensifying the ongoing legal clash.

Specifically, the video evidence presented by Oyejide showcased instances of thugs disrupting the voting process in several polling stations throughout the state. In addition to the videos, the witness also introduced translated documents that converted the Yoruba language audio into English subtitles.

However, attorneys representing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Governor Abiodun, and the APC vehemently opposed the admission of the video evidence, contending that it should not be considered by the court. Remi Olatubora, counsel for INEC, described the documents as “cancerous” and argued that the video constituted hearsay.

On the other hand, Chris Uche, the PDP’s lawyer, argued that the video evidence should be admitted by the tribunal so that its validity could be assessed. Uche maintained that objections from the respondents should be addressed during the final addresses, in accordance with the prehearing report.

  1. Tribunal Reserves Ruling

After hearing the arguments from both sides, the tribunal reserved its ruling for the following day.

  1. Video Evidence Admitted by the Tribunal

Upon reconvening, the panel led by Justice Hamidu Kunaza announced its decision to admit the video evidence. The tribunal found the arguments put forth by the petitioners convincing, leading to its acceptance of the evidence.

Pleased with the outcome, the counsel for the PDP requested that the witness be allowed to play the video as demonstrative evidence in court.

  1. Video Played in Court

In accordance with the tribunal’s ruling, Justice Hamidu Kunaza granted permission for the video to be played in court. As a result, the video was subsequently presented and viewed by all parties involved.

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