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OYO TRIBUNAL FIXES MAY 20 TO RULE ON ADELABU’S APPLICATION FOR BALLOT PAPER RECOUNT

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The Oyo State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has fixed May 20, to rule on an application filed by the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the last election, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, to recount ballot papers used during the election.

The APC and Adelabu, popularly referred to as “Penkelemesi” are challenging the declaration of the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate, Seyi Makinde, by Independent National Electoral Commission as the winner of the March 9 election in Oyo state.

The tribunal chairman, Justice Sirajo Muhammed said, “Ruling on the application is fixed for Monday, May 20”.

Counsel to Adelabu and APC, Mr Titus Asaolu (SAN), had sought for an order of the tribunal to recount the ballot papers used in the governorship election.

He urged the tribunal to direct that the recounting be done in the presence of the representatives of the petitioner, respondents and the tribunal Secretary.

However, counsels to Makinde and the PDP, Mr Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) and Nathaniel Oke (SAN), opposed the application and urged the court to dismiss it, adding that it was not worth being granted.

Also, Counsel to INEC, Mr Akinolu Kehinde opposed the application, saying that the business of counting of ballot papers started and stopped at the polling unit and was not that of the tribunal.

The tribunal chairman fixed May 20 after listening to the submissions of the petitioner and the respondents.

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