The election petition tribunal sitting in Osogbo, Osun State on the August 9 governorship election has granted the application filed by the People’s Democratic Party to serve the winner of the Osun election on the platform of the APC, Rauf Aregbesola, a copy of the petition challenging the outcome of the election.
The new Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Sulaimon Ambrusa, ordered that the petition be pasted at the entrance of the State Government House for the notice of Governor Rauf Aregbesola.
The PDP Lead Counsel, Barrister Afolabi Fashanu, assured that the petition as ordered by the tribunal, would be served to the respondent, adding that a copy of the petition has already been served to the National Headquarters of the APC in Abuja.
Counsel to the All Progressives Congress, Barrister Adekunle Adegoke, also asked the court to reverse the initial order of the tribunal which granted the PDP application for the inspection of election materials.
Moving the application before the court, Adegoke said that the petitioner’s counsel has not followed the procedures laid down for such request to be granted.
To this request, Justice Ambrusa said ruling on the application was adjourned till Friday, August 12, 2014.
Adegoke further argued that there was a petition sent to the NJC by the APC against the constitution of the panel, saying that based on this petition, the confidence in the panel was in doubt.
The petition, he noted, was written to the NJC following the constitution of the new panel, after the first tribunal, headed by Justice I.M Bako had been disbanded based on a petition written against it by Accord Party (AP).
Chairman of the panel, however, assured that the election petition tribunal under his ruling would not compromise in standing on the truth in the discharge of their duties.