Ladoja versus Ajimobi legal tussle finally kicks off in Ibadan
The Election Tribunal sitting in Ibadan yesterday (Tuesday) finally began to hear the case brought before it by Rashidi Ladoja, governorship candidate of Accord Party in the last governorship election held in Ibadan and across Oyo state.
The tribunal admitted a total of 62 exhibits that were filed by the Accord Party governorship candidate, Senator Rashidi Ladoja who is challenging the victory of Governor Abiola Ajimobi of All Progressives Congress (APC), praying the tribunal to declare him the winner of the April 11 polls.
Also joined in the petition are APC, Dr Rufus Akeju, INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner and the commission. The Chairman of the three-man Tribunal, Justice Mohammed Mayaki, marked the exhibits as tendered by the petitioner’s lead counsel, Mr Richard Ogunwole (SAN).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the written statement of the first witness, Bimbo Adepoju, was admitted as evidence and marked as Exhibit 1. Also, the Approved Guidelines for the Conduct of Elections, Manual for Election Officials 2015 and the readings from the Card Reader machine were tendered and admitted.
The reports of chronological analysis of happenings during the election conducted by the first witness were also admitted as exhibits. These included reports of elections conducted in Atiba, Atisbo and Iseyin Local Government Areas in Oyo State.
However, Messrs Olumuyiwa Aduroja (SAN), and Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) counsel to Ajimobi and APC respectively, said they would reserve their objections to the exhibits tendered till the stage of filing their final written addresses.
While watching clips at the tribunal on BCOS, I noticed that those in attendance knew this is a really big deal. I just want everyone to calm down and know that the journey is quite long cos there is still the appeal option – it could even go as far as the Supreme Court.