Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

News

Osun: Tribunal Asks INEC to Produce Adeleke’s Academic Certificates

The Osun Election Petitions Tribunal on Wednesday granted a subpoena compelling the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state, to produce the nomination form and academic certificates used by Sen. Ademola Adeleke in the 2018 governorship election, Daily Trust reports.

Gov. Adegboyega Oyetola and the All Progressives Party (APC), had on Aug. 5 submitted a petition before the tribunal in Osogbo.

Oyetola and APC are challenging the election results from 749 polling units across 10 local government areas of the state for various alleged electoral malpractice, especially over-voting.

INEC had declared Adeleke as the winner of the July 16 governorship election, having polled 403, 271 votes against 375,027 polled by Oyetola.

At the Wednesday sitting of the tribunal in Osogbo, Counsel for Oyetola and the APC, Saka Layoonu (SAN), informed the tribunal that the petitioners had filed a Subpoena dated Nov. 3, compelling REC to appear before it.

Layoonu told the tribunal REC is expected to present Adeleke’s Form CF 001, being the nomination form and all its attachments, including the certificates used in the 2018 election.

He said that since the bailiff has yet to serve REC with the Subpoena, even after being signed, he would be compelled to ask for adjournment till Nov. 21.

However, Counsel to INEC, Paul Ananaba (SAN), objected to the application for adjournment, saying that it was clear evidence that the petitioners were not prepared for diligent prosecution of the petition, citing paragraph 18(11) of the Electoral Act.

Ananaba argued that REC being subpoenaed to bring the said documents was never mentioned in the petition.

He added that the request by the petitioners to call REC as a witness, without informing the tribunal earlier, had violated paragraph three of the tribunal pre-hearing reports.

Ananaba pointed out that the said paragraph three indicated that the tribunal must be furnished with a list of witnesses to be called 24 hours before the hearing day.

Responding, Counsel to Adeleke, Mr Niyi Owolade and that of the PDP, Nathaniel Oke (SAN), aligned with Ananaba’s arguments and prayed that the tribunal should dismiss the petition.

Layoonu, however, described the respondents’ arguments as baseless, saying that the question of not being diligent in the prosecution of the petition was just a blanket statement by the respondents.

He also referred to paragraph 69(vi) of the petition where it was expressly stated that the documents in question would be relied on.

Layoonu said that since the tribunal had not issued the subpoena, it could not have been served on the respondents.

The councel then urged the tribunal to discountenance all the arguments of the respondent’s counsel.

In his ruling, the tribunal Chairman, Tertsea Kume, granted the subpoena.

Kume said that the subpoena was issued by the tribunal on Tuesday evening and would subsequently be served on REC.

He then adjourned further hearing until Nov. 21

____

Follow us on Twitter at @thesignalng

Copyright 2022 SIGNAL. Permission to use portions of this article is granted provided appropriate credits are given to  www.signalng.com and other relevant sources.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Advertisement

Related

News

A former Akwa Ibom State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mike Igini says attacks on the offices of...

News

A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to immediately resume the Continuous Voters Registration until 90 days before...

News

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has again, reiterated commitment to conducting credible elections next year, The Guardian reports. Its National Commissioner and Chairman,...

News

The Head of Transparency International, Nigeria, Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, has blamed the registration of underage voters by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on...

Copyright ©