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Osun Tribunal Hearing Begins Monday

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Tunde Oyekola

The Osun State governorship election petition
tribunal has fixed Monday, November 10 for
the hearing of the petition filled by Senator
Iyiola Omisore, the candidate of the Peoples
Democratic Party, (PDP) against the victory of
the candidate of the All Progressives Congress,
(APC) in the August 9 election Mr Rauf
Aregbesola.
The adjournment followed a request at the
instance of petitioner’s Counsel, Nathaniel Oke
(SAN), who urged the tribunal to allow him
open his case on Monday.
The PDP candidate in the election, Senator
Omisore and his party are the petitioners, while
Governor Aregbesola, the APC and Independent
National Electoral Commission (INEC) are
respondents in the petition.
Counsels to the 1st and 2nd respondents, Kunle
Adegoke and Aderemi Abimbola, opposed the
adjournment, insisting that the petitioner must
open his case immediately.
However, Justice Elizabeth Ikpejime-led
tribunal, ruled that the petitioner is entitled to
open his case as he deems fit.
The panel also adopted 20 minutes for cross
examination of each of the
witnesses that will testify before the tribunal
which was proposed by the respondents during
the last sitting.
Citing paragraph 41(10) of the first schedule of
Electoral act, the tribunal held that each of the
respondents shall have 10 days, while the
petitioner has 14 days to call their witnesses.
The panel further held that any objection to the
admissibility of evidence during the hearing
should be filed in the submission of the
counsels and would be decided on the
judgement day.

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