Oyo Guber tribunal: Court decides Makinde’s fate on a later date

The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State has reserved judgement in the petition filed by the 2019 governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Chief Adebayo Adelabu, against Governor Seyi Makinde of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Justice Suraju Muhammadu-led tribunal said the judgement day would be communicated to all the parties in the case.

Recalled that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had announced Governor Makinde winner of the March 9, 2019 governorship poll. He scored 515,621 votes to defeat Adelabu of APC, who polled 357,982 votes.

Makinde had won 28 out of the 33 local government areas in the state, while Adelabu won in five local government areas.

The tribunal adjourned the case for judgement on Friday after counsel to the parties adopted their final written addresses for and against the petition dated on March 29, 2019.

The petitioners in the case suit number EPT/OY/Gov/01/2019, are Adelabu and APC, while the respondents are INEC, Makinde and PDP as first, second and third respondents respectively.

The Sun reported that the petitioners, during the proceedings, called 69 witnesses and tendered 4,166 documents before the panel and the documents were admitted as evidence. The petitioner asked the tribunal to nullify the declaration of Makinde as governor and declare him as the winner.

“We have done all that is required of us to contest the gubernatorial election, and we’re the most popular candidate, party and party with the track record because people voted for us,” the APC candidate was who reportedly in the court during the adoption of final written addresses was quoted as saying.

He said there were infractions during the governorship poll in the state, “have shown to the whole world that there were lots of infractions during the March 9, 2019 governorship election in the state and victory shall be ours and our party will come back to Adebayo Adelabu and my able deputy (Samuel Egunjobi).

Also speaking on behalf of PDP in the state, an Assistant Organising Secretary of the party Mr. Biodun Popoola said: “From evidence given so far and witnesses called, the court doesn’t rule on emotions but evidence, though, the judgment is for the judges, we are sure that victory will come out way.”

The governor was yet to react at the time of this report.