Dr Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN) is fast becoming the man for the job as the gubernatorial candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) in Ogun state, Adekunle Akinlade and his party have hired him to lead other top legal practitioners as the battle shifted to the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal.
Interestingly it’s a period where lawyers, especially the ones with good track records get to have their own share of what is left in the pocket of the politician, either it turns out well or not. It was noted that Ikpeazu led Senator Ademola Adeleke of PDP’s legal team at the Osun State Election Petition Tribunal, which few day ago declared Adeleke winner of the 2018 election.
Already, the senior lawyer had filed, on behalf of the petitioners, a motion exparte before the Tribunal, seeking an order mandating the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to grant them access to the documents used for conduct of March 9 election in the state.
In the petition marked EPT/06/GOV/01/2019, the petitioners said the inspection becomes necessary to allow them institute a petition before the Tribunal. The winner of the election and governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dapo Abiodun and his party, APC, were joined in the application as second and third respondents.
In the March 9 election, Abiodun polled 241,670 votes to defeat his arch-rival and candidate of APM, Akinlade who had 222,153 votes. While filing the application on 11 grounds, the petitioners submitted that without formal orders from the Tribunal, the first respondent would not avail them the required documents for the purpose of instituting their petition.
The documents sought to be inspected, they said, “are indispensable for the purpose of instituting and maintaining the said petition.” Meanwhile, the Tribunal’s inaugural sitting has been fixed for Monday, next week.