The Oyo State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Ibadan on Tuesday admitted over 34 exhibits in a petition filed by the Accord Party governorship candidate, Sen. Rashidi Ladoja against Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ladoja is praying the tribunal to declare him the winner of the April 11 polls, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Also joined in the petition are APC, Dr Rufus Akeju, INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner and the commission.
The Chairman of the three-man Tribunal, Justice Mohammed Mayaki, marked the exhibits as tendered by the petitioner’s lead counsel, Mr Richard Ogunwole (SAN).
The written statement of the first witness, Bimbo Adepoju, was admitted as evidence and marked as Exhibit 1.
Also, the Approved Guidelines for the Conduct of Elections, Manual for Election Officials 2015 and the readings from the Card Reader machine were tendered and admitted.
The reports of chronological analysis of happenings during the election conducted by the first witness were also admitted as exhibits.
However, Messrs Olumuyiwa Aduroja (SAN), and Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) counsel to Ajimobi and APC respectively, said they would reserve their objections to the exhibits tendered till the stage of filing their final written addresses.
Ajimobi had defeated former governors Rasheed Ladoja of Accord Party and Alao Akala of the Labour Party; as well as a former senate leader, Teslim Folarin, of Peoples Democratic Party and the Social Democratic Party’s Seyi Makinde at the April governorship polls. The APC polled 327,310, Accord- 254,520, LP – 184,111, PDP – 79,019 and SDP- 54,740.
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