Osun Poll: Tribunal Grants APC, PDP Leave To Examine Election Materials

By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo

The Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal set up to address complaints arising from the just concluded August 9 election on Wednesday, 27th August, 2014 granted the double motion ex-partes filed by the state chapters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) seeking for the release of the election materials used during the voting exercise for examination.

The Tribunal Panel of judges led by Justice I. M. Bako during their first sitting on Wednesday, 27th August, 2014 at a courtroom located on the premises of the Osun State High Court in Osogbo granted the applications seeking for the election materials in the custody of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Counsel to APC, Mr. Kunle Adegoke had prayed the Tribunal to move outside the pre-hearing session, the election materials used during the poll for thorough inspection and examination.

Adegoke informed the sitting that the motion for the court to grant the party leave to inspect the election materials in the custody of INEC was supported was supported with a 20-paragraph affidavit and a written address in compliance with relevant sections of the electoral law.

According to the APC counsel, the motion was brought pursuant to Section 151 of the Electoral Act, Paragraph 47 of the first schedule saying that the action was “intended to move the ambit of justice.”

In the same vein, counsel to PDP, Afolabi Fashanu (SAN) disclosed that he had submitted motion for the tribunal to grant the party leave to inspect electoral materials also in the custody of INEC.

Fashanu said that, “PDP has filed a motion seeking some relief praying tribunal to critically look at the consonance with relevant sections of the electoral laws”.

The counsel to PDP informed the court that he approached the court with 18-paragraphs affidavit and filled with written address to support the application.

The presiding three-man panel of judges, Bako, granted both motions of APC and PDP but failed to announce the next date that the tribunal is expected to sit.

But it was not clear as at the time of filing this report when INEC would release the election materials and to which applicant but a source told this correspondent that the applicant who first filed its motion at the Tribunal would play host to the election materials if and when released.

Meanwhile, the Election Tribunal sat on Tuesday, 26th August, 2014, at exactly 9am in a calm environment devoid of the presence of security agents.

Our correspondent gathered that none of the parties is yet to file any substantial petition challenging the outcome of the election.

Recalled that the state Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, candidate of the APC had been declared winner of the keenly contested election but the candidate of the PDP, Senator Iyiola Omisore had vowed to challenge the victory of Aregbesola at the Election Tribunal.

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