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
Ibadan - The Oyo State Election Petition
Tribunal has received 12 petitions from aggrieved candidates in the March 28
National Assembly elections, an official has said.
The official, who did not want his name published, told the
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan that the tribunal’s secretariat
was still in the process of receiving petitions and serving the
According to him, candidates have 21 days after INEC’s
release of the election results to file their petitions before the tribunal.
"So far, we have received 12 petitions and when the
process of serving the respondents and receiving their replies are completed
the tribunal will likely begin public sitting,'' he said.
It is reported that Accord Party candidates filed eight of the
petitions while the Labour Party and its candidate filed two and APC contesting
the victory of PDP in the election for Ogo Oluwa/Surulere Federal Constituency.
The Peoples Democratic Party’s Mulikat Akande Adeola
challenged the victory of Segun Ogunwuyi of the Labour Party who
defeated her in the election for the Oyo North senatorial seat.
However, the Accord Party candidate, Sen. Rashidi Ladoja, is
yet to file a petition to challenge the declaration of Sen. Abiola Ajimobi as
winner of the March 28 Oyo State governorship election.
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It is reported that Ladoja, a former governor of the state, had
told supporters of the Accord Party shortly after the election that a suit
would be instituted to challenge the result of the election.
The Accord Party governorship candidate said that the
election was fraught with widespread irregularities and will therefore be
challenged at the tribunal.
Some other notable individuals who have filed petitions at
the tribunal are Chief Luqman Oyebisi Ilaka of Accord Party who is
challenging the victory of Hon. Monsurat Summonu of APC in the election for the
Oyo Central Senatorial seat.
Others are Sen. Olufemi Lanlehin, also of Accord Party, who
is challenging the victory of Mr Olusoji Akanbi of APC for the Oyo South
Mr Olugbenga Adewusi, also of the Accord Party, filed
a petition against the victory of APC candidate, Dapo Lam Adesina of the APC,
who won the Ibadan North East and South East Federal Constituency seat.
The tribunal panel has Justice J.G. Abundaga as Chairman while
Justice G.C. Nnamani and Justice A.H. Suleiman are members.