Court grants Oyetola’s substituted serve request over Adeleke – The Eagle Online

The Electoral Petitions Tribunal sitting on the petition of All Progressives Congress gubernatorial candidate in the July 16 poll in Osun State, Adegboyega Oyetola, has granted his candidacy to serve Senator Ademola Adeleke, the People’s Democratic Party candidate in the poll and Governor-elect, notice of petition by substituted means.

Oyetola had challenged Adeleke’s election victory in court and also joined the Independent National Electoral Commission and the People’s Democratic Party in the lawsuit.

The court, in its first sitting on Monday in Osogbo, also granted the ex parte motion filed for an order to inspect documents in the custody of the first defendant, the Independent National Election Commission.

The lawyer for Oyetola and the All Progressives Congress, Yomi Aliyu, had told the sitting court chaired by the chairman of the panel, Judge Tertsea Kume, who also had Judge Benedict Ogbuli, that a bailiff charged with the task could not not serve Adeleke with notice of the petition.

Aliyu further explained that the person met at the entrance of the DPP candidate’s residence in Ede refused to take the document from the bailiff who went to serve it.

He also told the panel that he would prefer the notice to be posted on the notice board at the entrance to the courthouse.

Ruling on both motions, Judge Kume granted the remedies sought by Oyetola and ordered that the notice be posted on the notice board at the entrance to the court’s sitting venue.

He also granted the request of the petitioners to scan the electoral lists and the ballot papers used for the election.

Veronica J. Snell