Ekiti Polls: Tribunal Grants Fayemi Access To Inspect Materials

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Kayode Fayemi

By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti

The Ekiti State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital has granted leave to the candidate of the All Progressives (APC) in the recently conducted Gubernatorial poll in the state, Dr. Kayode Fayemi to inspect and obtain certified true copies of polling documents,ballot papers and other electoral materials used in the July 14th election.

This was sequel to motion ex-parte filed by Fayemi’s counsel brought under section 151 of electoral act in the defense of petition against his declaration by the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) as the winner of the governorship election.

Counsel to the Fayemi who is the third respondent in the case, Mr. Abayomi Aliyu SAN who listed eight grounds upon which the motion ex parte should be granted argued that such would enable his client to prepare for necessary defense in the course of the matter.

The Chairman of the tribunal Justice Babatunde Belgore who reviewed  all the relief as sought by the third respondent held that the court found merit in the application and subsequently granted them in the interest of fair hearing.

The tribunal also granted the respondent  prayer to allow forensic expert to inspect by the way of machine electronic scanning all ballot papers,voter registers and materials used for the poll…

While the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) candidate in the governorship election Prof. Kolapo Olusola had submitted over seven hundred pages petition challenging the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declaration of APC candidate,Dr. Kayode Fayemi as the winner of the said election having polled the total number of lawful votes cast in the poll.

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