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
"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.
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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
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
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.