First respondent at the ongoing Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, yesterday, closed his defence after calling four witnesses.
Amosun, who had 10 days to defend his position, closed his case on the second day, saying that the petitioners had not proved their case to warrant calling more witnesses.
Amosun, who listed 29 witnesses to be called during the pre-hearing session, called only four witnesses last Saturday, but chose to close the defence.
At the resumed hearing yesterday, Amosun’s lead counsel, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), said all the nine witnesses called by the petitioners only spoke about three polling units out of over 2, 000 units under contention.
Fagbemi told the court that he has examined the witnesses called by the petitioners and that he is so comfortable to close the case without calling further witnesses.
Speaking with Journalists after the sitting, Fagbemi said, “Although we listed about 29 witnesses, the petitioners too also listed much more than 29, how many do they called?
“They called only nine, of these nine, one claimed to be an expert, one was on subpoena who didn’t go into the witness box, seven remained, of these seven, two talked about one polling station, another two talked about two polling station, the other two or three talked variously on some polling units, you don’t open your flank for attack anyone.
“The little they have been able to bring to the fore, we have met, we do not want much more than they have alleged, so, it is going to be suicidal to call more witnesses where they have not.
“Don’t forget, we are talking about 3, 000 polling units, going by the allegations which the petitioners have made in their petition and they have only succeeded in calling about seven, not that they can succeed on the seven but even if we take it that they have prove the seven units involved, what is the total viz a viz over 2, 000 units? I don’t think it will be wise to continue to waste the time of the tribunal.
“As the first respondent, I think we are satisfied with our witnesses and we hope the tribunal too will be satisfied with our witnesses, there might even be no need considering the testimony of our own witnesses because have the petitioners played out any case? Like I told you, I am not the tribunal and Judge but I do not think so.
Efforts to speak with the counsel to the petitioner, Babatunde Adebayo, proved unsuccessful as he turned down an interview request.
Meanwhile, the case has been adjourned till Monday for continuation of defence by the second and third respondents.

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