Osun election: Tribunal fixes Monday for hearing Oyetola’s application

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The Electoral Tribunal for the Osun State governorship election has fixed the date for the hearing of an ex-parte application filed by Governor Gboyega Oyetola.

This is coming after the Electoral Tribunal failed to serve the Governor-Elect, Ademola Adeleke court process on the petition challenging his victory.

The election tribunal secretary, David Umar, while speaking with newsmen, said the Governor-elect could not make himself available to receive the service.

The tribunal fixed Monday, August 22 for the hearing of the application.

Umar said counsels to Oyetola had approached the tribunal with an ex-parte application for substituted service on Adeleke.

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According to him, if the application sails through, the tribunal would have been empowered to effect service of the court process on Adeleke using other means such as pasting it on the governor-elect’s residence, on the notice board of the panel or any other place as ordered by the court.

Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) the winner of the July 16 governorship election in Osun State having polled a total number of 403, 271 votes against 375, 027 polled by Governor Oyetola.

Oyetola is challenging the result of the governorship election at the tribunal.