Friday, 3 July 2015

Court adjourns suit against Oyo Speaker till Oct

Justice E.F. Esan of the Oyo State High Court has adjourned the case instituted by Mark Akinyode against the new Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Michael Adeyemo, till October 6, 2015 after counsel for Adeyemo filed a preliminary objection.

Akinyode is praying the court to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission to recognise him as the All Progressives Congress candidate in Ibarapa East for the state House of Assembly election instead of Adeyemo whose name was submitted by the party to INEC despite losing the primary election.

Counsel to Akinyode, Akeem Fadun, said his client was unjustly dealt with after winning the primary election, adding that he would file the necessary document as the court demanded after the defendant decided to file a preliminary objection. He, however, described the objection as time-wasting tactic.

Fadun said, “We have filed our written address on the issue of jurisdiction but the first defendant has decided to file a preliminary objection. I wonder why they did not do that before today (Thursday), but it is within the rule of the court.

“We could have gone ahead to hear the case today but whatever the delay tactic being used is still within the legal limit.“For the record, our prayer is that our client, who actually won the primary election, should be returned to his rightful position. The exhibits are clear and they are public documents. He had 137 votes while the defendant, who is now the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, had 134 votes.”

HENRY E. J Williams

Author & Editor

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