Osun state Governor-elect, Senator Ademola Adeleke has disclosed that over voting took place in only six polling units contrary to 749 claimed by Governor Adegboyega Oyetola as contained in the governor’s petition.
In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed on Sunday, Adeleke condemned Governor Oyetola and the All Progressives Congress, APC, for embarking on media trial after submitting their petition at the Election Petition Tribunal.
Senator Adeleke noted that his defense at the Tribunal refuted Mr. Gboyega Oyetola’s assertion that there were too many votes cast in 750 polls since it was based on incomplete BVAS data and the petitioners’ use of an out-of-phase BVAS report.
“We’ve gone into these specifics to demonstrate that Senator Adeleke never acknowledged true overvoting in any of the polling places contested by the APC/Oyetola, with the exception of just six polling places where it is evident from the BVAS machine and the Forms.
“With regard to the APC’s allegation of excessive voting, the defense has two facets for the public’s benefit.
The first is that the overvoting in 750 polling units that Oyetola/APC say occurred is fake overvoting caused by the BVAS report’s unsynchronized data and inadequate BVAS data. This is not an accurate representation of what is on the Forms EC8A and the BVAS machine itself. The synchronized BVAS report, which matches the data on the BVAS MACHINE itself, accurately depicts the correct outcome.
The statement continued, “The defense also affirmed that even if the false over-voting in the unsynchronized BVAS report is unlikely admitted, the PDP will still be leading if votes from the affected six polling units are removed.” It added, “Such admission, however, is impossible because the Tribunal will never rely on the unsynchronized BVAS report because is at variance with what is contained on the BVAS machine itself,” but that was “such admission is however impossible.”
It also stated that only six polling units had actual over-voting, according to analysis of the BVAS machine and the Form EC8A, which are primary sources as opposed to the BVAS report, which is secondary. Accordingly, if the votes in those six polling places are thrown out, the PDP’s score will be 402,000 or more, while the APC’s will be 374,000.
In order to reiterate that “No Tribunal will believe a challenged secondary source while the primary source is physically before it,” we must underline that the BVAS report is secondary evidence and that the BVAS machine and the EC8A are the primary sources. According to Vanguard.
It said, “We therefore advised APC and Mr. Oyetola to discontinue the media trial as it will neither frighten the Tribunal nor persuade the people to believe in the routine lying and propaganda of the losing party.”