Ekiti election: Tribunal dismisses APC first application


On Wednesday, the Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Muhammad Siraj, of the Federal High Court, Jos Division, was the only judge that
appeared at the inaugural sitting The Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal constituted to hear grievances arising from the conduct of the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti State began sitting on Wednesday.

The presiding judge, at the sitting, struck out a motion ex-
parte filed by the petitioner, the All Progressives Congress,
seeking to compel the Independent National Electoral
Commission to allow it inspect the materials used for the poll.

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A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Lateef Fagbemi, who is the head
of the APC’s legal team, made the request on behalf of his

Fagbemi was however represented at the inaugural sitting by
another lawyer, Kabir Akingbolu.

The 1st and 2nd respondents, Ayo Fayose and the Peoples
Democratic Party, did not make any legal representation at the
tribunal’s first day of sitting.
The APC had last weekend headed to the tribunal to seek the
invalidation of Fayose’s election, saying he was not fit to
contest the election.

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It also asked the tribunal to declare that the action of the Chief
of Army Staff, as well as Inspector General of Police’s
deployment of over 36,000 armed men to secure the poll was
illegal, null and void.

That panel has 180 days to try the case in consonance with the
provisions of Section 134 of the Electoral Act, commencing
from the day it was filed at the tribunal.

Entrances to the state judiciary headquarters, venue of the
tribunal, were on Wednesday secured by scores of fully armed
security men.

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