Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
Chairman of the Oyo State Election Petition Tribunal, Justice F. C. Obieze has warned counsels to petitioners and defendants to shun all forms of frivolous applications that could waste the time of the tribunal.
Justice Obieze gave the warning at the weekend in Ibadan, Oyo State capital during the inauguration of the tribunal at the State High Court, Iyaganku.
He cautioned counsels to various parties appearing before the tribunal against filing petitions that have no bearing with the case before him, promising the tribunal would be fair to all concerned.
The tribunal chairman said his warning was to ensure that all the petitions on the recently held governorship, state and National Assembly elections were heard and judgement pronounced within the 180 stipulated days, calling for the cooperation of counsels and all parties involved in the governorship petition to enable the tribunal dispense with all its cases on time.
Justice Obieze revealed that the tribunal would sit every day, including Saturday.
Accord governorship candidate in the April 11 election in the state, Senator Rashidi Ladoja had filed a petition before the tribunal, challenging the victory of Governor Abiola Ajimobi of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Senatorial candidate of Accord for Oyo South, Olufemi Lanlehin is also contesting the election that brought in Senator Soji Akanbi of the APC, while former House of Representatives’ Majority Leader and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Ogbomoso North/South/Oriire Federal Constituency, Hon. Mulikat Akande Adeola has also approached the tribunal to challenge the victory of Labour Party winner of the election, Hon. Segun Ogunwuyi.
At the tribunal, Accord is challenging two Senatorial seats, six House of Representatives results and eleven State House of Assembly results.