Tribunal grants Omisore order of substituted service on Aregbesola


The Election Petitions Tribunal hearing the petitions arising from the Osun State governorship  election has granted the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore, the permission to paste the notice of the tribunal on the walls of Government House, Osogbo and the Governor's Office.

The chairman of the tribunal, Justice Suleiman Ambrusa, gave the order on Thursday.

He said having  considered the  application of the petitioner's counsel, Mr. Afolabi Fashanu,  the respondent should be served a copy of the petition by pasting same on the walls of the Government House and Governor's Office at the state secretariat.

The petitioner had prayed the tribunal for an order of substituted service following an allegation that security agents did not allow the bailiff  to serve the governor.

The chairman of the tribunal said that evading service would not be an excuse for not serving the respondent because the case should not be one-sided.

But Aregbesola's counsel, Mr. Kunle Adegoke, asked the tribunal chairman to disqualify himself from the petition because of a petition written to the National Judicial Council.

Adegoke said, “There are certain fundamental issues that must be addressed in the petition against you at the NJC. If a party is expressing lack of confidence in a judge, the requirement is that such judge should step aside from handling the case.”

But Ambrusa said that he could not be stampeded into stepping aside from sitting on the panel because it was only the NJC which could ask him to step down.

He said, ” I am ready to step down. I didn't put myself here. I have not seen the copy of the petition against me. There should be a decorum. I would be served a copy of your petition since you  have written to the NJC.  It is only the NJC that can act on your application.”

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