Ekiti Tribunal: INEC Closes case After 16 Witnesses, 31 exhibits, as APC opens own case
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Yesterday closed case at the Ekiti governorship election tribunal in Abuja, While the All Progressives Congress (APC) will on Thursday open its defence in the ongoing hearing of a petition challenging its victory in the governorship election held in Ekiti State on July 14 this year.
The People's Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in the election, Olusola Kolapo are, by their petition, marked: EPT/ EKS/GOV/01/18 challenging the decision by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare APC's candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi winner of the election.
INEC was listed as first respondent in the petition, while APC and Fayemi were listed as 2nd and 3rd respondents in the petition being heard by the Ekiti State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, which now sits in Court 17, High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Apo, Abuja.
On Thursday, APC's lawyer, Abiodun Owonikoko (SAN) indicated the party's readiness to open its defence after lawyer to INEC, Charles Edosomwan (SAN) announced the closure of his client's case.
Owonikoko told the tribunal that the APC was ready to open its defence on Thursday. He said the party would make judicious use of the 10 days allocated to it to conduct its defence.
In response to the judge's invitation, Owonikoko stood up and promised APC's readiness to commence it's defence on Thursday.
Justice Belgore then adjourned the sitting to Thursday November 15, 2018.