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TRIBUNAL DIRECTS INEC TO ALLOW SEYI MAKINDE INSPECT ELECTION MATERIALS

The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Oyo State on Tuesday ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to allow the Governor-elect, Seyi Makinde, to inspect the materials used in the March 9 governorship election in the state.


INEC had declared Makinde, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), winner of the election after polling 515,621 votes, after he defeated his closest rival, Adebayo Adelabu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who had 357,982 votes.


The chairman of the three-man panel, Justice Muhammed Sirajo, granted the application on Monday, following a prayer by counsel to Makinde, Jamiu Makinde, seeking the order of the tribunal to inspect all the election materials used in the election.


Bayo Adelabu and his party had gone to the tribunal challenging the declaration of Makinde as the governor-elect.


The counsel to Makinde on Tuesday informed the court that the respondents had filed an application seeking the order of the tribunal to inspect all the election materials.


Makinde’s counsel had said that the application was brought under section 281 (1, 2) of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended, and supported by an 18-paragraph affidavit and a written address sworn to by one Emmanuel Igu.


The other respondents in the matter are the People’s Democratic Party and the Independent National Electoral Commission.

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