The Osun Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Osogbo, has set Friday to rule on the certificates of Governor-elect, Senator Ademola Adeleke.
The tribunal opened on Tuesday with the execution of Subpoena on the Resident Electoral Commission.
Represented by the head of Election and Party’s management, Sheu Mohammed, told the tribunal that it is only photocopies of documents of candidates supplied by the National Headquarters of INEC.
Mohammed informed the court that the documents being demanded, was not in the custody of the State INEC. It is rather submitted as required by law, to the national office of INEC through the national headquarters of the party. The state inec is not in custody of such document.
Counsel to INEC, Paul Ananaba, submitted that in the face of the law, the Rec has responded to the subpoena and such, the subpoena had been discharged, submitting that it shows that the subpoena on the Rec was not competent vis-a-vis the document being demanded.
Ananaba also wondered about the documents being sought is all about when the petitioners had told the tribunal on oath that they have obtained the the CTC of the same document.
He submitted that the petitioners therefore are just dancing round a non-issue. Or at best, if they need to obtain the document again, they should apply formally for a different subpoena to be directed to the appropriate authorities of INEC, which in this case, is the national chairman of INEC.
The subpoena according to Dr Alex Iziyon is in itself, a flagrant abuse of court process because the same people who are dancing round the subpoena already told the court on oath that they have it.
He said the petitioners are only hammering on the subpoena for the sole purpose of sensationalism in the media space, so as for them to be seen to be doing something before the tribunal even when they know they have a bad case on their hands.
However, the tribunal picked Friday, 25th November, 2022, to give ruling on whether or not to allow the subpoena be amended.