Senator Rashidi Ladoja

Oyo State Accord candidate in the April 11 governorship election Senator Rashidi Ladoja has called 26 witnesses at the hearing of his petition filed before the state governorship election petition tribunal.

Ladoja is challenging the declaration of Governor Abiola Ajimobi of All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the election in the suit filed before a three-man panel.

The witnesses were drawn from some of the state’s local governments, which results were being challenged by the petitioner.

They were later cross-examined by the counsel to Ajimobi, Olumuyiwa Aduroja; APC lawyer Babatunde Aiku; and Yusuf Ali, representing the Resident Electoral Commission (REC), Ambassador Rufus Akeju, and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Results of 21 local government areas are being disputed and electoral materials used in the councils have been admitted and marked as exhibits before the tribunal.

The petitioner’s counsel, Richard Ogunwole, has spent eight of the 10 days allotted to him to call his witnesses and present his evidence.

He will close the appearances of his witnesses today.

The respondents’ lawyers are expected to open theirs on Monday.

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