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Oyo Governorship Election Petition Tribunal fixes June 23 for pre-hearing

18 June 2015, 18:24

Ibadan - The Oyo State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ibadan on Thursday fixed June 23 to begin pre-hearing session in a petition filed by Sen. Rashidi Ladoja against the victory of Gov. Abiola Ajimobi.

Ladoja of Accord Party is challenging the declaration of Ajimobi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as governor in the April 11 election in Oyo State.

Also joined in the petition are APC, Dr Rufus Akeju, INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner , and the commission itself.

The tribunal, headed by Justice F.C. Obieze, said that a lot of time had been wasted as a result of difficulty in serving the parties.

Obieze said that some of the parties were yet to file some of their processes and ordered that this should be done on or before June 22.

He said that the tribunal would not entertain any application for extension of time to file any process.

Also read: Oyo Governorship Election Petition Tribunal seeks cooperation 

The judge also said that there was no technicality in election petition cases and therefore the outcome would be based on merit.

Obieze said that the hours of proceedings of the tribunal would be different from that of regular courts and asked the counsel to agree on convenient time to start each day.

The lead counsel to Ladoja and Accord Party, Mr Richard Ogunwole (SAN), and counsel to Ajimobi, Mr Wole Olanipekun (SAN), said whatever time the court fixed would be okay.

However, the counsel to APC, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) and INEC’s counsel, Mr Adeboye Sobanjo, differed and suggested 10.00 a.m. for the court to begin sitting.

They also urged the court to allow an hour for break between 2.30p.m. and 3.30p.m., except on Fridays when it would be between 1.30 p.m. and 2.30p.m., which the tribunal agreed to. 




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