Labour Party Vs ACN/Oluremi Tinubu: Tribunal Begins Hearing

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Hearing of the petition filed by the Labour Party against the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, and its candidate, Senator (Mrs.) Oluremi Tinubu, started this morning at the Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.

The tribunal has set aside three days to rule on three different sets of applications filed by the parties.

The first application will be decided on Thursday, 8 December, 2011. In the said application, the Labour Party, LP, is urging the court to allow it call three witnesses.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, opposed the application, while the two other respondents, the ACN and Senator Tinubu, did not oppose it.

On the second application jointly filed by the ACN and Tinubu, the two respondents are praying the tribunal to strike out the petition or dismiss it in its entirety because it is incompetent, fundamentally defective, and an abuse of court process.

INEC did not file any motion to oppose this application, while LP filed an objection urging the tribunal to dismiss the application.

The third application was filed by the ACN and Mrs. Tinubu. They are equally urging the tribunal to strike out the petition file by the Labour Party. LP has not filed any counter affidavit to this application. But the tribunal has ordered them to file their counter affidavit within seven days allowed by the law. The respondents were also told to reply within three days.

The tribunal has adjourned till 9 January, 2012. It will rule on the second application on 4 January, 2012.

— Akin Kuponiyi