THE Governorship Election Petition in Oyo State, on Thursday, adjourned a petition filed by the People Democratic Party (PDP) against the election of Governor Abiola Ajimobi to October 10, 2010, for parties in the petition to adopt their written addresses.
The PDP is currently maintaining a petition against governor Ajimobi of the Action Congress of Nigeria on the ground that the governor has dual citizenship.
The three-man tribunal, headed by Justice Mu’azu Pindiga from the Gombe State judiciary, adjourned the petition to that day after all the parties in the petition had closed their cases.
The lead counsel to the petitioner, Mr Nathaniel Oke, SAN started the proceedings on Thursday by calling a witness, Alhaji Bashiru Akanbi, the State Secretary of the PDP, who confirmed making a statement in respect of the petition and adopted same as his envidence in the petition.
The witness also identified the data page of the international passport of Governor Ajimobi, his Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) nomination form, an affidavit in support of Governor Ajimobi’s documents supplied to INEC and the result sheet of Oyo State governorship election which had been identified and marked Exhibits A—D.
When asked what was the position of two documents — American pasport of Senator Ajimobi, and his Social Security Certificate — Alhaji Akanbi, replied that he had instructed the party’s lawyer, Mr Oke, to write to the United States of America consular in Nigeria on the need to provide these documents, when the tribunal turned down the request for subpoena on the American diplomat.
He said the letter was routed through the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Akeredolu however sprang up from his seat and objected to the statement of the witness.
He submitted that the tribunal should not allow the explanation to continue because it amounted to fresh evidence which was not part of the evidence already placed before the court.
Oke countered him and argued that the witness was stating efforts made by the petitioner to get the two documents.
The witness later identified a letter written by the petitioner’s counsel to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the response of the minister to the letter.
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