By Oluwatoyin Adegoke

A High Court sitting in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital has adjourned the trial of Ogun State Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP for the 2023 general election, Chief Ladi Adebutu over allegations of vote buying during the poll until next month. 

The Federal government had arraigned Chief Adebutu and nine others over allegations of vote buying during the March 18 governorship election in the state.

The Federal Government alleged that the PDP Governorship candidate ordered through his bank the issuance of N200,000 preloaded ATM verve cards with N10,000 and distributed same on the day of election across the State with the intent of inducing voters.

At the resumed hearing yesterday, the Federal Government’s counsel, Mr Rotimi Jacobs called three witnesses, including an official of a digital payment company and the witnesses were all cross-examined by the Defense Counsel, Mr Gordy Uche. 

The Prosecuting Counsel later told journalists that they had plans to call more witnesses to prove the case while the defence counsel said, they would be back here to continue with the evidence.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Abiodun Akinyemi later adjourned the case until the 19th and 20th of March March for continuation of hearing. 

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