Ogun Election Tribunal receives 19 petitions


The Ogun State Election Petition Tribunal, which is based in Isabo, Abeokuta, has received 19 applications from various candidates and political parties contesting the results of the state’s elections.

Ezenta Obioma, the tribunal’s Secretary, made the announcement on Friday.

Obioma stated that two of the petitions were received from the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate, Oladipupo Adebutu, and the New Nigeria Peoples Party governorship candidate, Ajadi Oguntoyinbo, challenging the victory of All Progressives Congress Governor Dapo Abiodun in the March 18 governorship election.

He also stated that 17 House of Assembly candidates from various state constituencies filed applications to challenge the House of Assembly election results.

According to him, 16 of the petitions were filed by PDP Assembly candidates, with the remaining one filed by an APC candidate.

In separate petitions, the PDP and NNPP brought the Independent National Electoral Commission, the APC, and Abiodun before the tribunal.

In their appeal, Adebutu and the PDP want the court to declare him the winner of the election.

The PDP and its candidate asked the court to order INEC to hold a fresh election in 99 polling units and 41 wards across 16 Local Government Areas in the state where polls were either not held or were suspended due to disruption and over-voting.

In its petition, the NNPP alleges that INEC omitted its name from the vote papers for the governorship election.

In an affidavit deposed by its state Chairman, Oginni Olaposi, the NNPP stated that it filed the petition because it was displeased with the election results.

When asked when the tribunal would start sitting, the Secretary of the Tribunal stated, “We are still in the filing stage, so I cannot tell you when the tribunal will commence sitting.”

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