The gubernatorial Candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) in Ogun state, Adekunle Akinlade has been granted access to the documents used for the conducts of March 9 elections in the state.
Earlier, a motion ex parte was filed by Akinlade and his party, challenging the victory of All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Prince Dapo Abiodun.
However, the State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, presided by Justice Chinwe Onyeabor, today, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to allow the party to inspect the elections material.
Speaking, the Petitioners’ Counsel, Mamman Osuman SAN told the tribunal that the order was crucial to allow the applicants access the electoral documents “with a view to maintaining the petition already filed before the tribunal.”
The application, according to him, was brought pursuant to section 151 sub-section 1 and 2 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).
Among other prayers sought were, “An order directing the 1st Respondent to forthwith grant access to the Petitioners/Applicants and their Solicitors, agents, experts and other staff to inspect, photocopy, scan, pay for and obtain certified copies of all documents used by the 1st Respondent for the conduct of the Ogun State Governorship Election held on 9th of March,
The matter was, however, adjourned till April 9 for confirmation of service.