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Osun tribunal orders INEC chairman to produce Adeleke’s results

The tribunal chairman said the petitioner had shown enough grounds regarding their application/subpoena request.

• November 25, 2022
The Osun Election Petitions Tribunal sitting
The Osun Election Petitions Tribunal sitting

The Osun Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Osogbo, on Friday ordered the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmoud Yakubu, to produce Ademola Adeleke’s results used during the 2018 governorship election in Osun.

The document tagged “INEC Form CF001” is being demanded by counsel for the All Progressive Congress (APC), the petitioners.

The tribunal chairman, Tertsea Kume, gave the order in his ruling on the arguments and counter-arguments of the petitioners and the respondent’s counsel regarding the INEC Form CF001.

Mr Kume said it would amount to denying the petitioners their right to a fair hearing after the respondent (INEC) had failed to comply with the subpoena order as regards what the petitioners were demanding.

He said the Osun Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mutiu Agboke, represented by Shehu Muhammed, failed to produce Form CF001 because they do not have the document in their custody in the state.

The tribunal chairman said the petitioner had shown enough grounds regarding their application/subpoena request.

He ordered the INEC chairman to produce the document on the next date of adjournment.

Mr Kume, therefore, adjourned the case until December 1 for further hearing.

The tribunal had on November 16 overruled the respondents (INEC)’s oral application seeking to discountenance a subpoena brought by the petitioner.

The respondent had earlier brought an application to counter the subpoena request before withdrawing such on personal grounds, and it was struck out by the tribunal. 

(NAN)

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