Ondo 2020: Tribunal permits Jegede to inspect INEC materials

The Ondo State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Akure on Tuesday granted the Govenorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Eyitayo Jegede the permission to inspect the materials used for the October 10 Election.

The Tribunal headed by Justice Umar Abubakar also granted an order for substituted service to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.

In an exparte order, Justice Abubakar who led other two judges of the tribunal granted the orders moved by one of the counsel of Jegede, Jamiu Makinde.

Jegede is challenging the victory of Akeredolu on the grounds that the election was marred by irregularities and pockets of violence as well as intimidation and faulty emergence of Akeredolu at the APC primaries.

Makinde had in the motion exparte sought an order to serve the defendants through substituted service by pasting on the petition on the notice board of the tribunal.

He also sought an order allowing access to materials used for the conduct of the October 10, governorship election and in custody of the Independent National Electoral Commission.

He listed local councils in which electoral materials are to be accessed to include Owo, Eseodo, Ilaje, Okitipupa amongst others.

Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Umaru Abubakar, granted the order and said the petitioner could advertise the served processes in newspaper circulating within its jurisdiction.

Justice Abubakar also allowed the petitioner access to election materials in custody of INEC within the hours of 8am and 4pm for a period of five working days.

Published by WonderLady

Journalist, Educationist, Writer, Human Rights Advocate

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