Friday, January 15, 2021

Ondo PDP governorship candidate, Jegede closes case at election petitions’ tribunal abruptly

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The PDP and its candidate in the October 2020 governorship election in Ondo State, Eyitayo Jegede have closed their case before the election petitions tribunal.

Counsel to the petitioners, Onyechi
Ikpeazu said they have opted to narrow their case to the evidences given by the star witness, Jegede and exhibits presented before the court.

Oluseye Akinwalere reports that he PDP still had 9 days to present its case while just 8 exhibits had been tendered out of the 28 on schedule but counsel to the petitioners, Onyechi Ikpeazu shocked the tribunal when he announced that they were ready to close their case.

Ikpeazu said they are no longer interested in calling further witnesses aside Jegede, and that they are confident of making a success of their case.

With the development, Counsel to INEC, Charles Edosomwan prayed the court for time to further study the petitions to be in good stead to open defence for evidence in rebuttal.

Counsel to the APC, Lateef Fagbemi, and that of governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and the deputy governor-elect lucky Aiyedatiwa, Akin Olujimi did not oppose the prayer of INEC.

The tribunal thereafter fixed next Tuesday 19th of January to enable the first respondent, INEC open its evidence In rebuttal