ACN is contesting the election of Olusegun Mimiko.
The Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Akure on Tuesday commenced proper hearing on the petition brought by the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, against the election of Olusegun Mimiko as the Governor of Ondo State.
The ACN tendered copies of the voters’ register used for the October 20 governorship election in the state.
The commencement of the proper hearing was sequel to the granting of the application moved by the Action Congress of Nigeria to bring in the report of the inspection of the materials used by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for the governorship election.
The tribunal had, late last year, ordered the party to inspect the electoral materials used for the election at INEC headquarters, Alagbaka, Akure. The documents contained voters register validation, experts’ analysis on the voters register, and statements on oath of the experts.
In his ruling, Justice Aondvar Kaka’n, said the report has become part of evidences to be used by the petitioners to pursue their case at the Tribunal.
However, counsel to Mr. Mimiko, the Labour Party, LP; and INEC; Wole Olanipekun, Yusuf Ali, and Adegboyega Awomi respectively raised an objection to the ruling and sought a leave of the court to reply to the application.
Justice Kaka’n, thereafter, granted the respondents seven days to file their responses to the ACN and Akeredolu’s petitions after which their objections would be taken in the course of the hearing.
The relevant INEC documents were arranged local government to local government, and wards by wards as certified by all relevant agencies.
They were read to the Tribunal by the ACN counsel, Lasun Sanusi. With the beginning of the proper hearing, the parties are expected to call their witnesses to substantiate their claims on the petitions.