Tribunal Dismisses Oyo APC Candidate’s Application To Recount Ballot Papers


The Oyo state Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has stroke out an application filed by Mr Adebayo Adelabu, governorship candidate of the APC to recount all the ballot papers used in the March 9 election.


Adelabu through his counsel, Mr Titus Asaolu SAN, had asked the court to recount all the ballot papers used in the March 9 election.


The APC governorship candidate and his party are challenging affirmation of Seyi Makinde, governorship candidate of PDP by INEC as the winner of the March 9 governorship election in Oyo state.


The three-man panel chaired by Justice Sirajo Muhammed, while ruling dismissed the application, on the following grounds:

  • That it would jeopardise the respondents’ right to fair hearing.
  • That the time allowed for amending pleadings of all parties has elapsed and no plea can be amended at this stage.
  • That the petitioners were only challenging the result of few local governments not all the 33 local government of the state.
  • That the petitioners were inconsistent on the date the election was conducted as they quoted different dates in their application.


Meanwhile, the judge stroke out the application and fixed June 10 for commencement of hearing as the pre-hearing has ended.