Tribunal dismisses Action Alliance candidate’s petition against Makinde
The Oyo State governorship election petition tribunal has denied the petition of the Action Alliance (AA) and its candidate for governor, Babatunde Samson Ajala, against incumbent governor Seyi Makinde.
On Friday, the three-person tribunal led by Justice Ejiro Emudainohwu rendered its verdict.
Justices Baraka Wali and I. S. Galadima are additional tribunal members who sat in Ibadan, the state’s capital.
Recall that Makinde was declared the victor of the gubernatorial election held on Saturday, March 18, 2023, but Action Alliance and its candidate petitioned the tribunal to nullify the election result due to the alleged exclusion of their candidate’s name.
Etibo Orowo King, counsel for AA and its candidate, informed the tribunal on Friday that the party and its candidate have decided to drop the case.
He urged the court to dismiss the case in the state’s best interest.
“My prayer is for the nullification of the election result. In the interest of peace and tranquilly, we’ve reevaluated the situation and decided to drop the case.”
In his argument, counsel for the governor, who is the second respondent, Kunle Kalejaye (SAN) urged the tribunal to dismiss the case.
“The petitioner requested that the case be dismissed. We wish for the base to be eliminated. “It is a petition that is dead on arrival,” said the Attorney.
The case was dismissed by the tribunal led by Emudainohwu.
The tribunal subsequently awarded N100,000 to the first respondent (the Independent National Electoral Commission), N250,000 to the second respondent (Governor Makinde), and N250,000 to the third respondent (the Peoples Democratic Party).
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