Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its candidate in the April 11 governorship election in Ogun State, Gboyega Nasiru Isiaka, have asked the state Governorship Election Petition Tribunal to grant them extended time to prove their case.
The petitioners in an application dated 20th August, 2015 is also praying for an order of the court granting leave to bring and move the application outside the pre-hearing session.
The application was brought pursuant to paragraph 45 (1) (2) (6), 47 (1) of the First Schedule to the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) and under inherent jurisdiction of the tribunal.
The petitioners opened their case on August 10 and should continue until Tuesday, August 25th to satisfy the 14 days requirement of the law as contained in paragraph 16 (3) of the first schedule to the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended).
According to the application, a copy of which was obtained by our correspondent, an earlier ruling of the court which ordered the suspension of the Tribunal from Monday, 24th August to Friday, 28th August because of the annual conference of Nigerian Bar Association, NBA has affected the time available for the petitioners to prove their case.
The petitioner explained that by the 28th of August when hearing of the petition is expected to resume, the 14 days granted the petitioners to prove their case would have expired.
They pleaded on the court to grant the application in order to meet the end of justice.
The application which was accompanied by 11 paragraphs affidavit sworn to by one Opeyemi Ogunleye, a legal practitioner and a further written address is asking the court to determine whether the applicants are entitled to an order within which they may prove their case.
Relying on Kolawole versus D’alberto, 1998 and UTC versus Pamotei, 1989, the applicants prayed the tribunal to grant the application in the interest of justice adding that refusing same will amount to depriving the petitioners the opportunity of presenting their case fully.
The Respondents have seven days to reply to the application but they are yet to make their intention of opposing or supporting the application known to the court.
Meanwhile, the marking of exhibits from the nine local governments under contention has continued with voter registers from Obafemi Owode Local government being marked as at time of filling this report.


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