Ondo Tribunal: Disregard ACN, PDP petitions – LP
BY DAYO JOHNSON
AKURE —The Labour Party in Ondo State yesterday prayed the Election Petition Tribunal hearing cases on the October 20 gubernatorial election to dismiss the petitions filed by Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN and Chief Olusola Oke of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, against the outcome of the election won by it.
LP’s reply to the petition of the parties is coming ahead of the 14 days ultimatum given by the electoral law.
This was contained in its replies to the two petitions in which it prayed the Justice Kaka’an led tribunal to dismiss the petitions for flagrant violation of the mandatory provisions of the Electoral Act 2010 in the preparation, presentation and filing of the petitions.
The party’s notice of Preliminary Objection was filed by Malam Yusuf Ali (SAN) leading the LP’s 12-man legal team including four other Senior Advocates of Nigeria, Ricky Tarfa, Adebayo Adelodun, Chukwuma Ekomaro and Abiodun Owonikoko.
The 3,110 page-reply to PDP petition listed 2,024 witnesses to give evidence before the tribunal while that of the ACN has 1,340 pages with 2,023 listed as witnesses.
According to the Labour Party, the claims in the petitions were in total contravention of the rules guiding the tribunal in addition to being incurably defective for non-joinder of necessary and desirable parties.
The second respondent in the petitions added that damaging, extensive and indicting criminal allegations were freely made against named persons and individuals who are not parties to the petitions.
The Labour Party is relying on Forms EC8A-D, ballot papers used during the poll, voters registers used on October 20 and during the 2011 presidential election in the state.
The reports of local and international independent observers, reports of local and international media on the conduct of the election as well as video clips and photographs, will also be used to prove its case at the tribunal.
The party has also replied to the petitions of the PDC, Accord and CPC parties.