The Ekiti State Election Petition Tribunal has announced that it inaugural sitting begins on Tuesday.
A statement by the tribunal Secretary Umar Abubakar said the sitting would commence at high court premises, Fajuyi Park ,Ado-Ekiti at 9.00am
Recall that the flag bearer of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, in the June 18 governorship election in Ekiti State, Engr. Segun Oni, has submitted his petition against the outcome of the election.
Oni who arrived the secretariat of Election Petitions Tribunal, Ado Ekiti, on the evening of Thursday, 7th July, 2022, said he’s challenging the result because he believes he won.
“By the time you go through the contents, you would know what we are saying”
When asked the ground of challenging the outcome of the election, the former Governor declined, saying he wouldn’t go through that.
In his words, “but I have told you one thing and that’s all I want to tell you that when it’s lay bare, you will know that we are doing all these to defend the sanctity of the system”.
Corroborating Segun Oni’s stand on the petition was the former Attorney-General of Ekiti State, Barrister Obafemi Adewale (SAN), who explained that the petition is now a public document which according to him has been presented at the tribunal and that the public now have access to it.
According to the legal luminary, “If he felt the election was free and fair, he wouldn’t be challenging the result. If he didn’t think he won the election freely and fairly, he wouldn’t be challenging the result of the election”.