The Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja has adjourned to Wednesday January 30 for Governor Adegboyega Oyetola to open his defence as the second respondent to the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and its candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke in the last state governorship election.
They challenged the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to declare Governor Oyetola the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, winner of the election.
The petitioners alleged that the results of the poll were doctored to favour the APC candidate and that the election was marred by fraud, which is contrary to the Electoral Act.
Most of the petitionerís witnesses were PDP including artisans and traders, who could not express themselves in English language and were unable to read portions of their statements
Adjourning the sitting, chairman of the tribunal, Justice Ibrahim Sirajo ruled that the second respondent Governor Oyetola would open his case on Wednesday.
Earlier, the first respondent to the petition, INEC opened its defence last Friday, without oral evidence, but relied solely on documentary evidence including result sheets as announced by its officials.