The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State, Ademola Adeleke has asked the Election Petition Tribunal to dismiss the petition filed against him by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Governor Gboyega Oyetola.
Adeleke Replies Oyetola
KanyiDaily recalls that Oyetola had asked the court to nullify Adeleke’s election because he was not qualified to contest and that he was not elected by majority of the lawful votes cast.
Reacting to the petition on Tuesday, Akindele asked the Election tribunal to dismiss Oyetola’s petition, describing it as frivolous, baseless, and un-meritorious.
The secretary of the legal committee of the PDP, Hashim Abioye, who submitted the petition to the Secretary of the tribunal, said the allegations listed by Oyetola are lame and imaginary.
He explained that the reply was filed on the 14th day before the 21-day ultimatum required by law, saying “this is to show that we are ever ready as a boy scout and to tell you that we are not running anywhere.
“We are before the election petition tribunal. PDP is set to file her reply to the petition of the APC and Governor Oyetola as required by the rules.
“The witnesses must be present physically before the secretary to the tribunal to sign their witness statements on oath. So all these people here are witnesses and they have come to show themselves before the secretary that they are ready to sign their witnesses statement on oath.
“The election petition filed by the APC and Governor Oyetola is time-wasting because it was brought in dead and you will see it at the end of the day.
“We are confident that the tribunal will do justice to this. You know they’ve made so many hypes about service on the governor-elect. We cannot just open the gate of the governor-elect for just anybody to walk in and that is why the law has made provision for substituted service.
“I’ve never seen any election petition where the petitioner has been able to serve the governor elect personally,” Abioye stated.
KanyiDaily had reported how the PDP governorship candidate, Ademola Adeleke was declared the winner of the Osun election on Sunday morning, July 17, 2020.