29th December, 2022
By Idowu Ariwodola
The Ekiti Election Petitions Tribunal is expected to deliver judgment today, Thursday, 29, December in the challenge filed by Segun Oni, the candidate of Social Democratic Party, SDP, against declaration of Biodun Oyebanji as the winner of the State 18 June, 2022 governorship election.
Oni, also a former governor had claimed in his petition that Oyebanji’s election was characterised with irregularities.
He also had argued that it was wrong for the Mai Mala Buni-led APC leadership to have supervised the primary election process that led to Oyebanji’s emergence as the APC candidate.
After weeks of arguments and counter arguments, the Tribunal Chairman, Justice Wilfred Kpochi, had adjourned until Nov. 23 for the adoption of final written addresses by the parties.
Kpochi urged the counsel to exchange their written addresses and replies, within the time-frame.
The chairman of the three-member panel had reserved judgment, after all parties had adopted their final written addresses at the last sitting.(NAN)(www.nannews.ng)
But the Secretary to the Tribunal, Umar Abubakar, in a statement on Wednesday in Ado-Ekiti said the judgment was ready to be delivered.
Abubakar said: “The Election Petitions Tribunal in charge of the Ekiti State Governorship election will on Thursday the 29th of December, deliver judgment in the petition filled by Chief Segun Oni, challenging the victory of Gov. Biodun Oyebanji.
“The judgment will hold at the Tribunal venue, located within the Ekiti State High Court, Ado- Ekiti by 9.00 a.m.
“All concerned authorities are to take note.”