Authorized Counsels to the Social Democratic Get together’s(SDP) Candidate in within the June 18 Governorship election in Ekiti State, Engr Segun Oni,have accused the governor- elect, Hon. Biodun Oyebanji of evading service to start his petition earlier than the Election Petition Tribunal in opposition to his victory.
The legal professionals to the petitioner, additionally alleged that the Yobe State Governor and former Nationwide Caretaker Chairman of the All Progressives Congress(APC), Mai Mala Buni and Oyebanji’s deputy, Monisade Afuye, had been tough to serve on account of lack of fastened addresses.
Whereas alleging additional that such antic was geared in the direction of stalling the petition,Oni’s counsels posited that they’d on July 20, 2022, on the Election Petition Tribunal filed an software for substituted service for fast service and immediate trial of the case.
Recall that Oni had on July 7, 2022 filed his petition earlier than the Tribunal in Ado-Ekiti,calling for the reversal of the declaration of Oyebanji because the winner of the election.
Oni additionally urged the courtroom to declare him the winner of the ballot, claiming that he scored the very best variety of lawful votes within the ballot.
The petitioner urged the Tribunal to within the various nullify the election and order a rerun in view of alleged widespread manipulations that characterised the ballot.
The previous Secretary to the State authorities and the candidate of the APC , Biodun Oyebanji garnered a complete of 187,045 votes to defeat Oni, who polled 82,122 votes within the election.
Addressing journalists in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday, Oni’s authorized crew,led by Obafemi Adewale(SAN), was optimistic that Oni will likely be declared winner of the ballot on the Tribunal in view of the avalanche of proof to be offered to substantiate their declare of widespread rigging within the ballot.
Adewale, who spoke by a former Legal professional Normal and Justice Commissioner in Ekiti, Owoseeni Ajayi, stated: “Reality speaks for itself. Segun Oni must have been declared winner as a result of he scored the very best variety of legitimate votes, however this couldn’t occur as a result of the election was characterised by widespread irregularities.
“We filed our petition on July 7 throughout the time stipulated for us within the Electoral Act. Since that point, we now have been having problems with service.
“INEC had been served with out restriction. The APC had additionally been served in Abuja with out restriction. However we now have downside serving the governor -elect,Biodun Oyebanji,his deputy, Monisade Afuye and the caretaker chairman of the get together when the candidate was elected on the main, Governor Mai Mala Buni.”