Ajimobi’s Passport Stalls Oyo Election Petition


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) this morning sought an adjournment from the Oyo State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal to enable it procure documents from United States of America (USA) to prosecute its petition against the Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi who is accused of dual citizenship.

The party made the request through its counsel, Mr. Nathaniel Oke (SAN) during the hearing of its petition this morning.

Opening his case, Oke informed the court that the Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Oyo State has refused to show up in court to tender form EC8A despite the subpoena issued on him.

In defence, counsel to INEC, Mr. Ahmed Raji, said there is no REC in Oyo State as at today because the former REC has retired. He added, however, that a letter has been written to INEC for INEC Administrative Secretary or HOD Operation to stand in for the REC and tender the documents, because every contestant has form EC8A.

According to Oke, “if the documents are certified, they could be tendered and we will not object to it. The only thing left is the American passport of the governor and that is why all of us are here”.

The counsel to INEC later offered a certified true copy of the form to PDP counsel who eventually tendered it. Oke further tendered an affidavit in support of personal particular of Ajimobi.

He informed the court that the secretary of the PDP in Oyo State, Alhaji Bashiru Akanbi who had written a statement attached to the petition was not in court.

Regarding documents labelled Item 1 and 2 in the petition, Oke informed the court that he has not be able to get them.

According to him, “the documents are about the international status of the governor and as at last night, I spoke with our representative in USA in respect of these documents and he requested for a week to produce it.

“To that effect, I urge the court to grant me a week after which the court may rule on the application. I humbly seek that the case be adjourned till next Wednesday. I will close my case on that day and the respondent will be given the floor to open its defence,” Oke added.

Ruling, Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Abdulkadir Mu’azu Pindiga admitted all the exhibits tendered as exhibit A-D.

Justice Pindiga added that if the petitioner refused to tender the said documents, the court would rule on the application on Thursday.

He also admitted the certified true copy of a data page of the international passport of Ajimobi from the Nigeria Immigration Service.

— Gbenro Adesina/Ibadan

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