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Oyo Governorship Election Petition Tribunal seeks cooperation of counsel

12 June 2015, 17:05

Ibadan - Justice F.C. Obieze, Chairman, Oyo State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, on Friday asked for the cooperation of parties to ensure completion of the work of the court within the statutory 180 days.

Obieze made the appeal at the inaugural sitting of the tribunal in Ibadan, saying the panel had resolved to sit daily, including Saturdays, in order to complete the assignment on time.

"Frivolous application for adjournment shall not be allowed. Legal practitioners will, therefore, do well to avoid applying for adjournments.

"The tribunal shall sit from day to day, including Saturdays,’’ the Chairman said.

Obieze said that the tribunal received one petition for the governorship election and assured parties concerned that the panel would discharge its duty honestly and with the fear of God.

Also read: Gov. Ajimobi declares June 12 as public holiday in Oyo State

Speaking on behalf of the Bar, Mr Kazeem Gbadamosi, Chairman, Nigeria Bar Association, Ibadan branch, assured the tribunal of the support of lawyers to ensure speedy completion of its assignment.

Also, the lead counsel to Accord Party, Mr Richard Ogunwole (SAN), said that the support of parties in the petition was necessary in order for the panel to complete its assignment on schedule.

Similarly, Mr Babatunde Aiku (SAN), counsel to All Progressives Congress (APC), assured the tribunal of the cooperation of the respondents.

Accord Party and its governorship candidate, Sen. Rashidi Ladoja, are challenging the declaration of Gov. Abiola Ajimobi as the duly elected governor in the April 11 election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Also joined in the petition are APC and INEC.

Other members of the panel are Justice I.M. Muhammad Karaye and Justice J.E. Ikede. 




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