BY OLA AJAYI
IBADAN — Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State will today know his fate as the state’s Election Petition Tribunal delivers judgment on the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, challenging his declaration as governor, claiming it violates the Electoral Act 2010.
One of the counsel to the litigants, who spoke to Vanguard on condition of anonymity, said the tribunal communicated to them about today’s ruling.
It would be recalled that at the last hearing of the case, the tribunal told the parties, after adopting their written addresses, that the date of judgment would be communicated to them in due course.
The three-man panel handling the petition is made up of Justices Muazu AbdulKadir Pindiga, Idris Kutigi and Ebiyerin Omukoro.
The litigants have been in legal tussle with PDP accusing Ajimobi of dual citizenship at the time he contested the election which gave him victory over the former governor of the state, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala.
At the last sitting of the tribunal, Nathaniel Oke, SAN, counsel to the PDP, adopted a written address he filed on September 23.
He prayed the panel to rule in his favour because the defendant did not even cross-examine their witnesses.
AA alleges destabilisation plot
Meanwhile, the National Chairman of Action Alliance, AA, Senator Suleiman Salawu alleged that an opposition party in Oyo State had infiltrated the ranks of his party to destabilize the administration of Gov. Ajimobi.
He spoke n Ibadan yesterday when he led some stalwarts of his party on a courtesy call on the governor in his office.
According to him, “information at my disposal indicates that a leading opposition party in Oyo State tried to penetrate the ranks of our party in order to explore the petition we had earlier filed before the Election Petitions Tribunal for the purpose of pulling down Governor Ajimobi. As far as our party is concerned, we have no case against Gov. Ajimobi in any tribunal or court of law. Those who claim to have a case have no locus standi as they were not party to the initial petition.’’
He said that since the governor was elected governor with popular mandate, AA, would not do anything to disrupt his administration but would rather join forces with it to move Oyo State forward.
“Sen. Ajimobi is one of the 10 best governors in Nigeria today. There is no doubt that he has been providing purposeful leadership in Oyo State. We should, therefore, support and cooperate with him. We are also lucky that progressive elements are at the helm of affairs in the South-West. We should work with them,’’ Salawu said.
Responding, Ajimobi lauded the progressive inclination of AA, saying this was what gave him the impetus to invite some of its members to serve in his administration.