In Oyo Ajimobi, Ladoja's tribunal battle begins

The tribunal Chairman said that the tribunal has 180 days to work and that it will do everything to deliver judgement before its final day.

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Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi (right) and ex-governor of the state, Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja play

Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi (right) and ex-governor of the state, Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja

(New Telegraph)
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As the Oyo State governorship election tribunal was inaugurated at the state High Court in Ibadan , Oyo State on Friday, June 12, its Chairman, Justice F.C. Obieze appealed to counsels to the petitioners and respondents not to use time-wasting tactics in the course of their sittings.

Former Oyo State Governor Rasidi Ladoja of the Accord Party (AP) is challenging the victory of Governor Abiola Ajimobi of the All Progressives Congress in the April 11 governorship election in the state.

Ladoja and AP, which he founded, are the joint petitioners while Ajimobi, APC, Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Rufus Akeju and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are the respondents.

As contained in the petition, the applicants are requesting that INEC and Akeju should permit them to inspect and count the ballot papers which were used in the April 11 governorship election. They asked to do this in the presence of the officials or agents of Ajimobi and APC

Obieze, while reading his opening speech, said the tribunal has 180 days to work and that it would do everything to deliver judgement before its final day.

He said, “This tribunal must deliver judgement on the petition before it not later than 180 days from the day of its inauguration. This placed an appreciable burden on the tribunal, the legal practitioners and officials of this tribunal. Legal practitioners are therefore advised to avoid unnecessary adjournment. The tribunal shall sit from day to day and discharge its duty with equity, transparency and the fear of God.”