The Peoples Democratic Party candidate in the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti state, Prof. Olusola Kolapo believes his mandate was stolen by the current Ekiti state governor Kayode Fayemi.

He believes he won the governorship election and has urged the state election petition tribunal to declare him the duly elected governor of the state.

Kolapo, who is the immediate past deputy governor of the state, stated this on Thursday while testifying before the tribunal sitting at the FCT High Court, Apo, Abuja.

He, however, stated that the tribunal should, in the alternative, declare the election inconclusive or nullify it and order a fresh election.

Led in evidence by the lead counsel for the petitioners, Yusuf Alli (SAN), the PDP candidate adopted his written statement on oath as his testimony before the tribunal.

He also adopted his three responses to the defence of the three respondents before the tribunal.

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“Having scored the highest vote, I should be declared validly elected or returned as the elected governor of Ekiti State,” he said.

He, however, added a caveat that, “the election held on July 14 be declared inconclusive and an order be made for the conduct of a fresh election (supplementary election).

“That the election held on July 14 be nullified and in its place enter an order for a fresh election to be conducted or held throughout the state.”

The witness, who testified as the 31st witness for the petitioners (PW31), stated in the statement that Governor Kayode Fayemi was not qualified to contest the election after being indicted for fraud by the Justice Oyewole Panel of Inquiry.

However, while being cross examined by the counsel for the Independent National Electoral Commission, Charles Uwensuyi-Edosomwan (SAN), Kolapo stated that he was not aware that the indictment had been quashed by a court.

“What is available to me is exactly what I stated in my written statement on oath. I am not aware of any other thing,” he said.

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