The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal for Ogun State has fixed Friday for judgment in a petition filed by the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Gboyega Nasir Isiaka, against Governor Ibikunle Amosun.
Isiaka, in a petition number EPT/GOV/ABK/ 001/15 filed before the tribunal had alleged that the April 11 governorship election were marred by election malpractices.
The petitioner said that there were misuse of card readers and Permanent Voter Cards in some locations in the state; non-compliance with the provision of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended and that Amosun was not validly returned as the winner of the election.
The PDP governorship candidate sought for an order that the total number of lawful votes cast at the election were for the petitioners and that the tribunal should declare him as the winner and that INEC should be ordered to present Certificate of Return to him.
The reliefs read in part: “An order that the first respondent herein (Senator Ibikunle Amosun) was not duly elected and did not score the lawful majority votes cast at the April 11 gubernatorial election in Ogun State and ought not have been returned by the third respondent.
“An order that the total number of lawful votes cast at the 11th April, 2015 governorship election in Ogun State were from the petitioners and the first petitioner ought to have been returned by the third and fourth respondents.
“An order declaring the first petitioner as the winner of 11th April 2015 governorship election in Ogun State having scored the highest number of lawful/valid votes of the total votes cast at the said election.
“An order compelling the third and fourth respondents herein to present to the first petitioner Certificate of Return as the validly and lawfully elected governor of Ogun State in April 11, 2015 governorship election.”
But Amosun, his party, the All Progressives Congress and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) faulted Isiaka’s claims that the election was conducted substantially in accordance with the provisions of Electoral Act and relevant guidelines.
Counsel to Isiaka, Adetunji Oyeyipo (SAN) and counsel to Amosun, Prince Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), had on September 29 adopted their final written addresses in the case.