BREAKING: Tribunal voids petition seeking recount of ballot papers in Ogun poll

BREAKING: Tribunal voids petition seeking recount of ballot papers in Ogun poll

- The application of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) seeking the seeking recount of ballot papers in Ogun has been rejected in an election tribunal

- The presiding judge, Justice Elvis Ngene said that the petition was not captured by section 151 of the Electoral Act

- Ngene said that the electoral act does not go beyond inspection of electoral materials and obtainment of Certified True Copies of the materials

A three-man team of the National Assembly election petition tribunals led by Justice Elvis Ngene has rejected an application seeking to recount the ballot papers used in the Ijebu Ode/Odogbolu/Ijebu northeast federal constituency in Ogun state.

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The petition was brought forward by Barrister Esom Ifeoma who prayed the court to order the recount of ballot papers used in the election.

Delivering the verdict on an ex parte motion brought before it by the petitioners,Taiwo Shote and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Justice Ngene said the prayer was not contained in section 151 of the electoral act, The Independent reports.

Ngene said that the tribunal cannot do more than inspect electoral materials and obtainment of Certified True Copies of the materials.

He further explained that the tribunal was bound by the decision of the Court of Appeal on the matter, which has not been tested at the Supreme Court.

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Counsel to the petitioner, Esom Ifeoma has prayed the court to order the recount of ballot papers used in the election.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Dapo Abiodun, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), winner of Saturday’s governorship polls in Ogun state.

The state Returning Officer for the governorship poll, Prof. Idowu Olayinka, announced in Abeokuta at about 12.45am on Monday, March 11, that Abiodun scored a total of 241,670 votes to clinch victory.

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