Osun: We’ve not received any petition — Tribunal

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By Gbenga Olarinoye

OSOGBO—Fifteen days after the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, declared Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the All Progressives Congress, APC, winner of the August 9 Osun State governorship election, the election petition tribunal, has declared that it has not received petition from any of the political parties.

The Secretary of the Osun State governorship election tribunal, Mr. Adamu Mohammed Aliyu,weekend  told Vanguard that the candidates, however still had seven days to file their petitions.
The main opposition party in the state, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and its candidate in the election, Senator Iyiola Omisore, had after the announcement of the results, hinted of their intention to appeal the results, claiming the election was fraught with irregularities.

Aliyu, who hinted that some politicians had inquired if the tribunal had been opened, declared that “no political party has filed any petition so far.”
The election was keenly contested by 20 political parties.
Aliyu disclosed that the tribunal had been constituted before the August 9 election in compliance with electoral law.
Quoting Section 133 (3) of the Electoral Act, Aliyu said, “according to the law, election tribunals shall be constituted not later than 14 days before the election, and that has been complied with by the president of the court of Appeal.”

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