Ogun Guber Election: Tribunal Grants APM Candidate, Akinlade Access to Inspect Electoral Materials
London, April 2, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Monday, granted the request by the Allied People’s Movement and its governorship candidate, Hon. Adekunle Abdulkabir Akinlade, seeking permission to inspect and obtain the electoral documents used by the Independent National Electoral Commission during the March 9 governorship election in the state.
Allied Peoples Movement, APM and it’s candidate, Hon. Akinlade, who are the petitioners/applicants have last Tuesday filed a motion ex parte, requesting the Tribunal to grant them the permission to inspect and obtain 34 electoral materials which include; ballot papers used for March 9 governorship election in the state.
The Counsel for Akinlade and APM, Mammah Osuman, SAN, supported by Ahmed Raji, SAN, told the panel on Monday that they filed a motion ex-parte through which they requested the permission of the Tribunal to grant them access to electoral documents used for the Governorship election in the state so as to maintain their petition which they had already filed .
Arguing the case, the counsel told the three-member Tribunal that the petitioners filed the motion ex parte, having relied on section 151 (1, 2 and 3) of Electoral Act 2010 as amended.
“This ex parte motion contains three prayers, in particular, it seeks the discretion of your lordship to direct first respondent (INEC) to grant access to the petitioners /applicants, their solicitors, agents, experts in the manner supplicated in the same paper.
“Accompanied this motion are eleven paragraphs which the motion ex parte is predicated on.
“The motion ex parte was supported by five paragraphs sworn affidavit with 34 listed items for which we seek the indulgence of our lordships.
“It is to enable the petitioners/applicants’ prayers one and three for the purpose of instituting the petition . Having filed the same motion to maintain the petition.
“We seek the grant of these prayers in order to maintain this petition”, he submitted.
Delivering the ruling on the motion, Justice Onyeebor said by virtue of the provisions of section 151(1, 2 and 3) of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended on which the applicants’ motion ex parte was anchored, Akinlade and his party have the right to inspect the electoral materials and obtain the Certified True Copies of all the materials used for the polls.
“The first respondent (INEC) is directed to abide by the Tribunal. The order is supported by Section 151 (1 and 2).
“INEC has seven days within which to comply”, he ruled.
The two other members of the panel, Justices Bello Danjuma and Umar Katsina agreed with the lead ruling by the Chairman.
The Tribunal, subsequently adjourned the sitting till April 9 for confirmation of service.