Oyo Guber Polls: Anxiety In APC’s Camp As ‘Adelabu Penkelemesi’ Gets Court Order To Inspect Electoral Materials 

Although majority of the local and international observers have adjudged the 23rd February presidential and national assembly elections fairly okay, what transpired during the exercise highlight the challenges of holding free, fair and credible elections in Nigeria.

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The Election Petition Tribunal in Oyo State on Monday ordered INEC to allow Mr Adebayo Adelabu, governorship candidate of the APC, to inspect election materials used in the March 9 Governorship Election.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Makinde winner of the governorship election after polling 515,621 votes to defeat Adelabu who had 357,982.

Other respondents in the case are the PDP and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Anthony Akpovi, said he gave the order after considering the application made by Adelabu on its merit and felt it would help the petitioners in maintaining their case against the respondents.

He ordered INEC to allow the petitioners and their agents to inspect and obtain all polling documents used in the March 9 governorship election in the custody of INEC.

Akpovi directed INEC to make available all ballot papers, voter registers and copies of all election materials in all polling units.

Earlier, Mr Olajide Ola, counsel to Adelabu, had prayed the court to grant his motion experte to inspect the governorship election materials in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Adelabu and his party, APC, filed a petition at the tribunal against INEC for declaring Seyi Makinde of the PDP winner of the governorship election.

Furthermore, the elections provided further illustration of the anti-democratic political culture of the country’s mainstream political class, through the engagement of its members in various forms of political brigandage and their do-or-die attitude to elections. In places like Imo and Rivers States, incumbents abused their powers to determine outcomes of the elections.

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