Tribunal Begins  Hearing of Agbaje’s Election Petition May 26

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The Lagos State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has fixed May 26 to begin hearing in the petition filed by Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) Mr Jimi Agbaje on the outcome of the in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the date was fixed by the three-man tribunal presided over by Muhammad Sirajo.

NAN also reports that the tribunal’s registrars on Monday said that hearing notices had been sent to all parties involved in the dispute.

Agbaje had petitioned the tribunal challenging the declaration of Mr Akinwunmi Ambode of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the April 11 gubernatorial election.

The PDP candidate had alleged that he observed some irregularities during the election, which contravened the provisions of the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) approved guidelines.

Ambode, INEC, APC and the INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner for Lagos State are the respondents in the suit.

The tribunal had on May 5, granted Agbaje leave to inspect all polling documents and devices used in the conduct of the election.

It also ordered INEC to provide Certified True Copies of all polling documents, including printed data in each polling unit, from the card reader machines.

However, the tribunal rejected Agbaje’s request to inspect the polling documents and devices used in the conduct of the March 28 Presidential Election in Lagos State.

The tribunal also rejected Agbaje’s Freedom of Information request asking the tribunal to order INEC to produce all polling documents and card reader machines used for the governorship election.

According to the panel, the petitioner can request for materials and documents he deems necessary to his case, by way of subpoena, when the tribunal has fully commenced proceedings. 

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