- The APC has been permitted by the election petition tribunal in Ekiti to embark on an inspection of the materials used by INEC during the last governorship poll
- The party was represented at the tribunal by Yomi Ariyo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) who spearheaded six counsels
- Justice Suleiman Belgore, presiding over the case, said that the request for the permission by the APC was to seek forensic experts to access both machines and other materials used in the conduct of the poll
The election petition tribunal sitting in Ado Ekiti on Monday, August 6, granted the prayers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to inspect election materials and results of the July 14 governorship election in the state.
The APC was represented at the tribunal by Yomi Ariyo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), who led six other counsels, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Justice Suleiman Belgore, yielding to the prayers, gave reasons for granting the application which was filed on Tuesday, July 31.
He said the counsel had sought the order of the court to access the election materials in order to make photocopy of the documents of the election materials and to use forensic equipment to view the handwriting of the election results and the fingerprints on the election materials.
The request, he also said, was meant to obtain and photocopy all the election materials which are also in custody of the first respondent, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
He added that the request was to seek forensic experts to access both machines and other materials used in the conduct of the election. The tribunal chairman granted the application, saying this was also approved by the PDP.
NAN gathered that APC candidate, Kayode Fayemi, was declared the winner of the election by the chief returning officer, Professor Idowu Olayinka, after securing 197,459 votes.
The PDP candidate and current deputy governor, Professor Kolapo Olusola, scored 178,121 votes.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that the leadership of the PDP at the national level, on Sunday, July 15, rejected the result of the governorship election held on Saturday, July 14, in Ekiti and which favoured Kayode Fayemi.
The party said the exercise and the result announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were nothing but daylight robbery.
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