The Oyo State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has admitted the final written addresses filed by Seyi Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party, Adebayo Adelabu of the All Progressives Congress and INEC in a petition challenging Makinde’s victory in the March 9 election.
Adelabu and his party, APC, are challenging the declaration of Makinde by INEC as the winner of the election.
Other respondents in the petition are the PDP and INEC.
Adopting his final written address, the counsel to INEC, Akinolu Kehinde urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition for being grossly unmeritorious and lacking in substance.
Kehinde said the petitioners erroneously put the burden of proof on INEC whereas the responsibility of proof lies on the petitioners.
On his own part, Makinde’s counsel, Omyechi Ikpeazu said the reliefs sought by the petitioners were faulty and evidences of the other witnesses not called amount to hearsay and urged the court to dismiss the petition.
Adopting his final written address, counsel to PDP, Nathaniel Oke urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition on the ground of inadequacy of evidence and lacking in merit.
But the counsel to Adelabu and APC, Yusuf Alli urged the court to hold that the petition is meritorious and that other witnesses not called have their statement properly laid before the tribunal.
The three-man panel of the tribunal led by Justice Sirajo Muhammed commended the counsel for their cooperation throughout the proceedings, adding that a judgment date would be communicated to them.
In an interview with newsmen, Adelabu, who was present at the tribunal, called on his supporters to be calm and law abiding, saying victory will come their way.