The Ondo State Election Petitions Tribunal yesterday began the hearing of the All Progressives Congress (APC) petitions, which were restored by the Appeal Court sitting in Akure, the state capital.
The newly constituted tribunal is expected to wind up in two weeks.
The three-member panel began entertaining the petitions afresh, with the APC presenting its evidence and calling its witnesses.
One of the petitioners Festus Aregbesola’s counsel, Rotimi Akeredolu, called five witnesses to establish his case against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Mrs. Kemi Adesanya, who was declared winner of the April 11 election in Akure South Constituency 1.
The Tribunal had earlier dismissed the APC’s petition on technical grounds, claiming that they were filed prematurely.
But the Court of Appeal overruled the tribunal’s judgment, ordering its president to set up a new panel of judges to hear the petitions afresh.
It, consequently, set aside the dismissal of the two petitions by the Justice Anthony Oga-led panel.