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Ogun tribunal: Adebutu, Abiodun’s lawyers set for final addresses today

Lawyers are set for fireworks as the Ogun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal resumes hearing today for the adoption of final written addresses in a…

Lawyers are set for fireworks as the Ogun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal resumes hearing today for the adoption of final written addresses in a petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Ladi Adebutu.

Adebutu had filed a petition against Governor Dapo Abiodun before a three-man tribunal panel alleging that the governor did not win the majority of votes cast during the March 18 governorship election in the state.

PDP and Adebutu in the petition marked, EPT/OG/GOV/03/2023, accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of non-compliance to the Electoral Act and corrupt practices during the election.

The petitioners also alleged that elections were disrupted by thugs in over 99 polling units, disenfranchising over 40,000 voters from participating in the election.

The petitioners had closed their cases after calling 94 witnesses and tendering over 200,000 documents in evidence.

The INEC, being the first respondent also opened and closed its case without calling any witness. Abiodun, who is the second respondent, closed his defence after calling six witnesses.

Also, the ruling APC and third witness opened and closed its case after calling four witnesses.

The Justice Hamidu Kunaza-led panel adjourned proceedings from August 9, till today for the adoption of the final written address.

 

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