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Candidates of All Progressives Congress in the last Ogun Local Government election were absent in court on Friday when the petitions filed by the New Nigeria People’s Party to challenge their victory at the polls were called before the state Election Tribunal.
PLATFORM TIMES reports that the NNPP’s petitions were filed against the victory of APC candidates in Obafemi-Owode, Adesina Ogunsola; Abeokuta North, Adebayo Ayorinde and Ijebu North, Bolaji Odusanya.
NNPP and other political parties approached the Tribunal with different petitions to challenge the LG polls held in the state about four months ago.
PLATFORM TIMES recalled that the LG election held in the state which had the APC getting all the elected positions was marred with agitations and allegations of electoral fraud.
Many political parties in the state like NNPP, Action Alliance, among others challenged the landslide victory of the APC in the poll.
When the petition of NNPP was called, PLATFORM TIMES observed that the APC and its candidates did not have representatives at the Tribunal.
The NNPP’s lawyer, Monday Mawah told the court that the petitions were filed on 1st October, 2021.
Mawah explained that the party will embark on substituted service for the respondents yet to respond to the petitions.
Reacting, the Chairman of the Tribunal, Akintunde Oyeyinka advised NNPP’s lawyer to ensure the parties involved are served personally.
Oyeyinka noted that Tribunal want to engage in a speedy judicial process.
He stressed, “ensure you serve the respondents personally. Please do the needful. Time is not on our side.”
Oyeyinka however adjourned the matter till 1st November, 2021 for report of serving.
Meanwhile, the representatives of the Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission were present at the Tribunal sitting.
Two Commissioners of OGSIEC, Mrs Remilekun Olaoran and Ayodele Bankole, were at the court with the commission’s lawyer, Adeola Olatoye
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