- PDP candidate in the last Osun guber poll has approached election tribunal
- In his application, the election tribunal should stop INEC from altering poll results
- He also sought that the commission recount and verify the materials used for the poll
The Election Petition Tribunal (EPT) has granted Adeleke's request seeking to restrain the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from altering election results as well as information contained in the card reader machines and other documents used for the poll.
The Punch reports that the tribunal body headed by Justice T.A. Igoche, gave the warning in Osogbo on Thursday, October 4, during its pre-hearing session held amidst heavy security.
Legit.ng gathers that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Candidates (PDP), Ademola Adeleke, had approached the tribunal through his counsel, Nathaniel Oke (SAN), seeking an ex parte application that would compel the tribunal to stop INEC from making changes to materials used in the election including the machines, ballot boxes, among others.
While requesting that the commission conduct a physical verification and inspection of the materials used in the process, Adeleke also sought an order compelling INEC to print list of permanent voters cards distributed across polling units in the state.
The PDP candidate is asking the court for the following: "That the total votes won by the 1st applicant on the September 22, 2018 was 245,698 while the 1st respondent scored 245,345.
“That the 1st applicant was the winner of the election and ought to have been so declared by the 3rd respondent ( INEC). That the 3rd respondent declared the election inconclusive hence a rerun was conducted on the September 22, 2018.
"That the rerun election was marred by electoral violence, vote-buying, stuffing of ballot papers, multiple thumb-printing and voting and allocation of votes by the 3rd respondent. That by the total actual and valid votes cast on the September 22 and 27, 2018 respectively during the elections were won by the applicants.
“That an examination of the electoral documents and election materials in the custody of the 3rd respondent is required to determine the actual facts and records of the elections to maintain this petition.
“That the 3rd respondent wrongfully declared and returned the 1st respondent as being duly elected and winner of the governorship election, Osun state held on September 22, 2018 and the rerun election held on September 22, 2018 respectively.
"The 1st and 2nd applicants are dissatisfied with the said result of the election as announced by the returning officer of the governorship election, Osun state. That instant allocation is required for the purpose of instituting and maintaining the petition.”
Justice Igoche and his member, having listened to Adeleke's prayer, granted all the demands of the application, adding that it has a strong and merit ground.
He said: “We are of the view that the application has merit. We go ahead by granting the application as prayed.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the election observation teams of the United States (US), the European Union (EU) and United Kingdom, late Thursday, September 27, gave their initial observation on the conduct of the rerun governorship election in Osun state.
Speaking in Osogbo in an interview by the TVC television station, a member of the observer team, who spoke on behalf of the others, said there were reports of irregularities, harassment and interference by inappropriate persons in the elections.
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