- INEC has been ordered to allow Adekunle Akinlade access to election materials
- The candidate of the APM had rejected the outcome of the Ogun governorship election
- Dapo Abiodun of the APC was declared winner of the election
The Ogun state governorship election petition tribunal has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to grant Adekunle Akinlade, candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), access to documents used for the state election.
The election took place on March 9 and Dapo Abiodun of the All Progressives Congress was declared winner.
The Cable reports that a three-man panel led by Chinwe Onyeabor, presiding judge, gave the order at its inaugural sitting following an ex parte motion filed by Akinlade who is the preferred candidate of Governor Ibikunle Amosun on Monday, April 1.
In the petition marked EPT/06/GOV/01/2019, Akinlade challenged the victory of Abiodun, and the APC.
Mamman Osuman who is the petitioners’ counsel told the tribunal that “the order was necessary to allow the applicants access the electoral documents with a view to maintaining the petition already filed before the tribunal.”
Among other prayers sought were, “An order directing the 1st Respondent to forthwith grant access to the Petitioners/Applicants and their Solicitors, agents, experts and other staff to inspect, photocopy, scan, pay for and obtain certified copies of all documents used by the 1st Respondent for the conduct of the Ogun State Governorship Election held on 9th of March, 2019, for the purpose of instituting and maintaining Election Petition; the said documents being the ones contained in the schedule attached to the Supporting Affidavit to this application.”
The tribunal adjourned the matter till April 9.
Meanwhile, the election tribunal in Bauchi state said on Friday, March 29 that it had so far received 16 petitions from individuals and political parties on the just concluded governorship, national and state assembly elections conducted in the state.
The secretary of the tribunal, Bello Abdullahi said this in Bauchi in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria.
Abdullahi explained that seven petitions were for the senatorial elections while seven others were for the House of Representatives elections conduct on Saturday, February 23.
He further explained that the remaining two petitions were for the state assembly elections held on Saturday, March 9.
Abdullahi said that most of the petitioners were alleging that widespread irregularities were committed during the last general elections.
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