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Oyo Governorship Election Tribunal Holds Inaugural Sitting

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THE inaugural sitting of the Oyo State governorship election tribunal took place on Wednesday. The tribunal has only two petitions challenging the election of Senator Abiola Ajimobi before it.

The petitions were separately filed by the Action Alliance (AA) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

In its petition, the Action Alliance complained of being excluded from the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as its logo failed to appear on the ballot papers used in the election. The PDP on the other hand alleged that Senator Ajimobi, who won the election conducted on April 26, was not qualified to contest, because he allegedly holds a dual citizenship. The PDP alleged that Governor Ajimobi holds a citizenship of the United States of America.
At the inaugural sitting, the Tribunal Chairman, Justice Muazu Pindiga disclosed that his panel intends to round off its work within 180 days. He also pointed it out that the tribunal will be fair to all. He therefore urged litigants to cooperate and enable the tribunal to meet its deadline.
The PDP’s counsel complained of the difficulty in serving his client’s court process on Senator Abiola Ajimobi. The tribunal however ordered that it should be served through substituted means that is they should go ahead and paste it on the walls of his last known address.

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