Osun State governor-elect, Ademola Adeleke, has assembled about 52 lawyers, together with seven Senior Advocates of Nigeria, to protect his case on the Election Petition Tribunal in Osogbo, The PUNCH reveal on Wednesday.
Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, who contested the July 16 governorship election in the platform of the All Progressives Congress, had requested the tribunal in Osogbo to nullify Adeleke’s election.
Adeleke was the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the election.
Oyetola were given 375, 027 votes and received in 13 Local Government Area to become 2nd in the election.
Dr Alex Izinyon, Dr Paul Ananaba and Dr Onyeachi Ikpeazu are a few of the seven SANs protecting Adeleke and different respondents.
While Izinyon would be leading another SAN and 16 other lawyers for the PDP, Ananaba would be representing INEC with two other SANs and 14 lawyers.
The PUNCH was also informed that Ikpeazu would be leading another SAN with no fewer than 10 other lawyers to defend Adeleke.
While INEC and the PDP have filed their defences, Adeleke had yet to file his defence. Ananaba and Izinyon confirmed to our correspondent that they have filed their preliminary objections, while Ikpeazu’s telephone line indicated that it was switched off when contacted for a response.
Izinyon, in an interview with The PUNCH, said he filed a defence two weeks ago with preliminary objection on 35 grounds.