The Oyo State governorship election petition tribunal will, anytime from now, give its verdict on the petition filed by Accord Party’s candidate in the last April state governorship election, Senator Rashidi Ladoja. This followed the final adoption of the written addresses by counsel to all the parties in the petition.
It would be recalled that Senator Ladoja and his party had filed the petition to challenge the results of the last governorship election, dragging Governor Abiola Ajimobi and his party, All Progressives Congress(APC), the state Resident Electoral Commissioner(REC),Ambassador Rufus Akeju, as well as Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) before the tribunal in the process.
Counsel to the respondents in the petitions had urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition filed by Ladoja for what they described as frivolous, useless, baseless and unnecessary petition which they say lacked merits.
In his own submission, counsel to the third and fourth respondents, Mallam Yusuf Ali said, they have urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition because in their own view the petition lacks merits both in the law and facts, they didn’t proof all the things they alleged happened.
Speaking with journalists, counsel to the first respondent, Chief Wole Olanipekun SAN, said the summary of his argument on behalf of his client Senator Abiola Ajimobi, was that , the tribunal should dismiss the petition, because to their mind, the petition ought not to have been filed in the first place, saying “though it all depends on whether the tribunal will agree with us , but we have also touched many areas including the fact that, the petitioners themselves did not come to the tribunal, they did not provide all necessary things they ought to provide.”
The counsel to the second respondent, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, while expressing his views on the petition said, in this petition as one expect in any petitioner , you must put facts and evidence that are reliable before the tribunal, for the tribunal to act on it and neither the tribunal or court acts on sentiments to give judgements to people, law courts are not father Christmas that would give you what you did not asked for.
Speaking earlier, the lead counsel to the petitioner, Mr. Richard Ogunwole (SAN), said today is the last bus stop , the adoption of our written addresses, and the addresses written by the counsels to the first respondent in the petition because it started from him, he adopted his written address, the second respondent also adopted his own and the third respondent did the same thing.
– Rotimi Agboluaje, Ibadan