Ekiti Poll Tribunal Admits 11 LGs, 109 Wards Electoral Materials As Exhibits
The Ekiti State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal, yesterday, in Abuja, admitted as exhibits, electoral materials used in no fewer than 10 councils and 109 Wards for the July 14 governorship elections.
The materials were tendered by the PDP candidate, Prof. Olusola Kolapo, through his counsel, Mr. Yusuf Ali (SAN), as part of evidence to prosecute his case.
The defence team, however, objected to the admissibility of the documents, stating that they were not pleaded and that some of the wards mentioned were not in contention.
Counsel to INEC, Mr. Charles Uwensuyi (SAN), maintained that some of the documents tendered were not certified true copies and should therefore not be admitted.
Chairman of the three-member tribunal, Justice Suleiman Belgore, who admitted the documents, said all objections should be reserved and incorporated in the final addresses of the various defendants.
He further said documents admitted as exhibits could still be expunged at the end, if necessary.
Counsel to Governor Kayode Fayemi, Mr. Akin Olujimi (SAN), objected to all the polling units and voting points not in contention in the petition.
Ali, in his response, said he pleaded all the documents and certified true copies of the electoral materials attached to prove his case, promising to bring evidence of payment to all Certified True Copies of documents tendered.