The crisis rocking the Ondo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) took a fresh twist when the party’s governorship candidate, Eyitayo Jegede, SAN on Wednesday declined to call witnesses to back up his suit against Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu before the Ondo State election petitions tribunal sitting in Akure.
At the Ondo State Governorship Election Tribunal, Jegede and his party, PDP, opted to close their case against the APC and Akeredolu as they decided not to call any of the 400 witnesses listed in their suit.
As at the time of filing this report, only Jegede, the governorship candidate had been called to the witness box to testify as a witness.
A source close to the party confided in a team of reporters outside the court premises that the development was not unconnected with the crisis rocking the party.
The PDP chieftain expressed regrets that the leadership of the party allowed the crisis to fester to the extent of adversely affecting the case at Tribunal.
“We are in a serious situation as at now because there is no way out for us to call witnesses who were not part of the suit initially. They are already on the records of the Tribunal.
“If you recall, a particular star witness is among those suspended by the party and you expect such a man to come and testify?
He can only spill the case out of malice so we decided to leave them out in order not to get into more trouble.
“Across the State, several of the witnesses are supporters of the suspended party leaders and it makes it more dangerous for us to now know who to trust”, he said.
But counsel to the petitioners, Onyechi Ipeazu said they opted to narrow their case to the evidences presented before the court.
Ikpeazu said they are no longer interested in calling further witnesses aside Jegede who was in the witness box on Tuesday
Counsel to INEC, Charles Edosomwan prayed the court for time to further study the petitions and be able to open their defence.
Counsel to the APC, Lateef Fagbemi, that of governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and the deputy governor-elect lucky Aiyedatiwa, Akin Olujimi did not oppose the prayer of INEC.
Further hearing has been adjourned till next Tuesday to enable the first respondent, INEC open evidence in rebuttal.