Osogbo - The newly constituted Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal led by Justice Elizabeth Ikpejime has fixed Monday for ruling on the request by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate, Iyiola Omisore that the tribunal should not determine the competence of their petition at the pre-hearing stage.
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Ikpejime had at the commencement of the pre-trial of the petition filed by Omisore and his party against the re-election of Governor Rauf Aregbesola and the All Progressives Congress (APC) cautioned politicians on the need to allow the panel carry out its assignment without distraction that could jeopardize quick dispensation of justice.
The lead counsel of the petitioner, Dr Alex Izinyon (SAN) at the sitting on Thursday withdrew an application seeking extension of time for the ongoing inspection of the election materials and had it struck out on the basis that the issue would be sorted out administratively.
He had asked the tribunal to defer the preliminary objection which is challenging the competence of the petition till hearing stage, arguing that the application of the respondents should be heard.
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