The Oyo State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal, sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State, has dismissed a motion filed before it by counsel for the state Governor Abiola Ajimobi and the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress to strike out the petition brought before it former governor Rashidi Ladoja and the Accord Party.
Ladoja and his party, the AP, are challenging the result of the last governorship election in the state which declared Ajimobi, the governorship candidate of the APC, as the winner while Ladoja, who contested the April 11 poll on the platform of the AP, as the runners up.
Counsel for Ajimobi, Wole Olanipekun (SAN), and Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), who represents the APC argued that the motion filed by Ladoja, dated July 3, 2015, was defective on the ground that it was not signed by an identifiable counsel.
Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Mohammed Mayaki, explained that the first motion was to determine whether the application was signed by the petitioners’ counsel while the second was to determine if objections raised should be taken alongside or one after the other.
In his ruling, Mayaki stated that the petitioners’ counsel clearly signed the petition and stated the address of his legal firm.
He said, “The name of the counsel was stated in the application and the petitioner signed on top of his name. The tribunal is not in doubt that Ogunwole represents the petitioners. The tribunal affirms that the counsel for the petitioners is clearly stated.”