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Elections tribunal begins sitting in Ekiti

2015-05-12 15:39
A ballot box filled with ballot is pictured before being counted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at a polling station in Yenagoa in Bayelsa State ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

Ado Ekiti - The election petition tribunal in Ekiti State on Monday held its inaugural sitting in Ado-Ekiti, with a warning to parties not to constitute hindrances to the its proceedings.

The three-man panel, which has six petitions to handle is headed by Justice A.N. Erahor and Justices A.T. Lamina and P.A. Obayi, as members.

Four All Progressives Congress (APC), petitioners are challenging the victories of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidates in the House of Assembly election, while two petitions are challenging the PDP victory in two senatorial districts.

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I.K. Olanrewaju, led the team of lawyers representing the All Progressives Congress (APC), while the PDP legal team was led by the party’s State Legal Adviser, Kolapo Kolade.

The APC senatorial candidates in the Ekiti South and Central senatorial districts in the last general elections, Senator Tony Adeniyi and Gbenga Olofin, are challenging the victories of Biodun Olujimi and Fatimat Raji-Rasaki, in the National Assembly election.

In his inaugural speech, Justice Erahor described the assignment as a critical and crucial one that must be diligently prosecuted.

He called on the parties to take cognisance of the fact that it had a total of 180 days to dispense justice on the matters in line with Section 285 of the 1999 Constitution.

This law is sacrosanct because of the sui generis nature of the Election Petition and it is on this basis that we have to avoid unnecessary distraction.

“We are appealing to the security agencies to provide security for the judges, lawyers, politicians and other members of the public,” he appealed.

Ekiti State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Owoseeni Ajayi, assured the judges of their safety in Ekiti, saying the Ayodele Fayose-led administration would strive hard to provide conducive atmosphere for them to discharge their duty.

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