Oyo State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Ibadan has concluded definite hearing in the petition filed by the Accord Party and its governorship candidate in the April 11, 2015, election, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, as the respondents closed their defence in the matter.
Consequently, the three-man election tribunal, headed by Justice Muhammed Aliu Mayaki, has fixed September 30, 2015, for the adoption of final addresses of all the counsels.
Ladoja in the suit is challenging the electoral victory of Governor Isiaq Abiola Ajimobi, arguing that he (Ladoja) should have been declared winner of the poll by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
At Wednesday’s sitting, Malam Yusuf Ali (SAN), counsel to the third and fourth respondents, Ambassador Rufus Akeju and INEC, closed the defence without calling any further witnesses.
Governor Ajimobi and All Progressives Congress (APC), the first and second respondents, were represented at the tribunal by Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN) and Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN).
Yusuf Ali remarked, Wednesday, that the original INEC documents before the tribunal were enough evidence to the fact that an election was held, contrary to the claims made by Ladoja and his party.
The counsel added that all the original documents admitted as exhibits by the panel were testimonies that results garnered by political parties and their governorship candidates were recorded accurately and not falsified as claimed by the petitioners.