Court orders INEC to allow Oyo APC, Adelabu inspect materials

The Election Petition Tribunal in Oyo state Monday ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to allow the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its governorship candidate, Mr Adebayo Adelabu, to inspect election materials used in the March 9 governorship poll.

The INEC had declared the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, 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 INEC.

The tribunal chairman, 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.

Adelabu and his party- the APC had filed a petition at the tribunal against INEC for declaring Seyi Makinde of the PDP winner of the governorship election.  (NAN)

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