By Ola Ajayi
IBADAN—THE Appeal Court has granted the prayer of the police seeking an extension of time to file its brief in the appeal filed by the Osun State governorship candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria in the 2007 election, Engr Rauf Aregbesola.
The ACN candidate is praying the appellate court to void the election that ushered in Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola of the Peoples Democratic Party, saying it was fraught with massive irregularities and non-compliance with the Electoral Act 2006.
The Election Petition tribunal sitting in the state had confirmed the election of Governor Oyinlola but Aregbesola appealed, saying the lower tribunal erred in law.
At the sitting of the court yesterday, the new set of panel to hear the case was led by Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun with other two justices-Sidi Bage and J. S Ikyegh.
After the legal teams of Aregbesola led by T.O Sofunde, SAN, Akin Olujimi, SAN, Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, and the counsel to Oyinlola-Bolaji Ayorinde, SAN, Adebayo Adenipekun, SAN, Kunle Kalejaye, SAN, Nathaniel Oke, SAN, and many others showed appearances, Mr. Jide Obisakin, Chief State Counsel, Ministry of Justice, Osun State told the court that he had an application for extension of time.
He said, “we have an humble application for enlargement of time. It was filed 8th October and dated the same date”.
When asked if he had any objection to the application, Chief Sofunde said they did not intend to oppose the application but expressed fear that it could delay expeditious hearing of the substantive case. He said the application was unnecessary.
Since none of the parties opposed the application, the panel granted the application and fixed November 3 for hearing of the substantive case.
There was a slight change in the panel that sat over the case about two weeks ago. The panel that heard the case last was presided over by Honourable Justice S.S. Alagoa with Hon. Justices K.M.O. Kekereekun and Modupe Fasanmi.
The panel had noted that there could be change on the panel that would start the hearing of the case.
After the court session, Chief Sofunde said he did not oppose the application because it was known to the law.