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
Lagos - The Lagos State Governorship Election
Petition Tribunal has fixed May 26 to begin hearing in the petition filed by
Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) Mr Jimi Agbaje on the outcome of the in the
It is reported that the date was
fixed by the three-man tribunal presided over by Muhammad Sirajo.
NAN also reports that the tribunal's registrars on Monday
said that hearing notices had been sent to all parties involved in the dispute.
Agbaje had petitioned the tribunal challenging the
declaration of Mr Akinwunmi Ambode of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as
the winner of the April 11 gubernatorial election.
The PDP candidate had alleged that he observed some
irregularities during the election, which contravened the provisions of the
Independent National Electoral Commission's (INEC) approved guidelines.
Also read: Agbaje challenges Ambode's victory at election tribunal
Ambode, INEC, APC and the INEC’s Resident Electoral
Commissioner for Lagos State are the respondents in the suit.
The tribunal had on May 5, granted Agbaje leave to inspect
all polling documents and devices used in the conduct of the election.
It also ordered INEC to provide Certified True Copies of all
polling documents, including printed data in each polling unit, from the card
However, the tribunal rejected Agbaje's request to inspect
the polling documents and devices used in the conduct of the March 28
Presidential Election in Lagos State.
The tribunal also rejected Agbaje's Freedom of Information
request asking the tribunal to order INEC to produce all polling documents and
card reader machines used for the governorship election.
According to the panel, the petitioner can request for
materials and documents he deems necessary to his case, by way of subpoena,
when the tribunal has fully commenced proceedings.