By Tunde Oyekola
The Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Osogbo, Osun State, has received three petitions in respect of the March 28 National Assembly elections in the state.
This is just as the Secretary of the tribunal, Mr. Abubakar Mohammed, declared that the time provided by the law to file petitions in respect of the National Assembly elections had lapsed.
He said the tribunal is now expecting petitions from any aggrieved candidate on the state assembly election held on April 11,2015.
However, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senatorial candidate in Osun East, Chief Francis Fadahunsi, has challenged the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Senator Babajide Omoworare.
While Fadahunsi is the only senatorial candidate that filed petition in respect of the election,
two candidates of the House of Representatives have also filed their own petitions.
Kayode Oduoye of PDP is challenging Yinka Ajayi of APC, while Nathaniel Agunbiade of APC is challenging the victory of PDP’s candidate, Hon. Oluwole Oke.
Meanwhile, the tribunal secretary also hinted that the APC had filed a motion seeking an order of the court to inspect the electoral materials used for the conduct of March 28 National Assembly election in the state.
Also, the tribunal has granted the application by PDP candidate for Osun East in the last National
Assembly poll, Prince Francis Fadahunshi, to inspect materials used for the poll.
Fadahunshi had dragged before the tribunal the APC candidate in the poll, Senator Jide Omoworare, who was returned as elected by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
APC and INEC were joined as co-defendants in the matter.
Moving the application for inspection of election materials before Justice H. Kanyip-led panel, counsel to Prince Fadahunsi, Chief Nathaniel Oke (SAN), also applied for substituted service on the first respondent (Senator Omoworare).
Oke said his client was forced to approach the tribunal for order of substituted service on Omoworare because efforts to serve him in person proved futile.
He added that both INEC and APC had been served and urged the court to grant the relief being sought to serve Omoworare by pasting the notice on the wall of his residence in Ile-Ife.
The tribunal subsequently granted the applications.