Tribunal admits 80 exhibits from Lanlehin in Oyo State
Arewa chief sues for peace
The National and State House of Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Ibadan has admitted 80 exhibits from Senator Olufemi Lanlehin of the Accord Party who is challenging the victory of Senator Adesoji Akanbi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the March 28 polls.
The tribunal, presided over by Justice Tanko Usman, had admitted 31 documents as exhibits and admitted another set of 49 documents as exhibits during Tuesday’s proceedings.
The lead counsel to Lanlehin, Michael Lana, tendered the documents before the panel. But the lead counsel to Akanbi, Bolanle Olayinka, objected to most of the documents.
Olayinka argued that the documents were not pleaded in the petition and alleged alterations in the documents.
Lana, however, told the tribunal that the alterations were what his client sought clarification for, adding that the documents were admissible.
But the lead counsel to INEC and Resident Electoral Commissioner in Oyo State, Adeboye Shobanjo, raised objections to all the documents.
Meanwhile, the chairman, Arewa chiefs in southern Nigeria and the Seriki Hausa in Shasha, Oyo State Alhaji Haruna Katsina has sued for peaceful co-existence between herdsmen and farmers in the region.
This was sequel to series of clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in Oyo North senatorial district which prompted the state House of Assembly to inaugurate a committee to douse the tension.
The Hausa leader urged the Fulani herdsmen to maintain peace, respect their neighbours, and government to engender peace in the state.